What is being proposed
Chiltern District Council jointly with South Bucks District Council have plans to extend the town and build on Green Belt agricultural land at Lye Green to the North-East of Chesham which will result in:
This will adversely affect EVERYONE in Chesham.
Click on maps to see area affected.
Click here to see an extract of the emerging Local Plan proposal for allocating Green Belt Land in Lye Green for 900 homes
Brown not Green
If you want to help protect the Green Belt and have your say on the future of Chesham you can;
We contend the Council’s evidence so far is inconsistent, confused and that it does not demonstrate exceptional circumstances for redefining Green Belt boundaries around Chesham.
What has happened so far?
The Brown Not Green (BNG) Campaign has amassed support from all parts of the Town. At the beginning of 2017 we had circa 1,800 names on our Petition.
- We took a number of adverts in the local papers, (2016)
- We have distributed thousands of leaflets around the Town, (2016)
- We have taken a stall in Chesham Market a couple of times to enable those without internet access to sign the physical petition, (2016)
- We have displayed numerous signs & banners in and around the Town, (2016)
- We have lobbied Councillors in the Town, District & County Councils and before Christmas both Chesham Town Council & Bucks County Council resolved to reject the preferred Green Belt site option 1 in Chesham, (2016 and 2017)
- Updated results from our Petition were formally handed to the Head of The Council in the Council Chamber on Tuesday, 10 January 2017.
- Most importantly we offered guidance to people about this matter and were able to ensure as many people as possible submitted a response by the December 12th 2016 deadline.
- BNG have spoken to the principle landowner who wishes it to be known that he does NOT support the Council's proposals other than for a much smaller area of housing development on roughly 25% of the site. He has confirmed he will not sell the rest of the site. Ref: Principle Landowner Reluctant to Sell - Brown Not Green (2017)
- Aylesbury Vale District Council have agreed to take 5,750 homes from the unmet housing needs from neighbouring Chiltern District, reducing the need to develop Green Belt options in the area. (2017)
- Chiltern District Council delayed making any public response on the matter until November 2017 but launched a Strategic Review of the Green Belt proposals. (2017)
- BNG were invited to a meeting with Chiltern District Planning officers in December 2017. Council Officers rejected the BNG notion that brownfield land could meet all the unmet housing needs of the area. BNG were not impressed and have since agreed to appoint a barrister from the famous Landmark Chambers to advise on final submissions to the Council and to appear at the future Local Plan Inquiry (Examination in Public) probably in 2019.
- BNG are fundraising to pay for this legal representation against the emerging Draft Local Plan Find out more about our fundraising efforts here.
- BNG have reached their fundraising target of £20,000. We are still leaving all the fundraising channels open and will continue to request funds so that we can exceed the original target as surplus legal funds will be required for this lengthy campaign.
- The Local Development Scheme has been further delayed again. Suggestions are that the next Consultation Stage will occur towards the end of 2018. As a campaign group we need to be able to react quickly to what will be a short 6-week window to respond.