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Development of up to 150 homes approved for Slate Meadow near Wooburn Green

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Outline planning permission has been approved for up to 150 homes at Slate Meadow near Wooburn Green.

The development which includes affordable housing, a pedestrian and cycleway and green space at Slate Meadow near Wooburn Green was approved by Wycombe District Council’s planning committee on Monday 27th August 2018.

The decision to approve the plans was taken following a full debate in the council chamber, with members of the public present to hear the discussions.

Slate Meadow is one of the five reserve sites identified by Wycombe District Council for development to help meet the local shortage of housing. The plans, will now progress to the next stage.

The details of the plans will be worked up by the developer and will come before Wycombe District Council’s planning committee rather than being dealt with by officers. These details will have to address a number of conditions that the committee imposed on the approval.

The development will provide affordable housing on the site and make financial contributions towards:

  • Primary and nursery education.
  • Improvements in the provision of public transport in the local area.
  • Improvements to the provision of walking/cycling routes in the local are.
  • The management and maintenance of green infrastructure within the site.
  • An off-site contribution for the improvement/management and maintenance of the Village Green.

About £1.5m will also be made through the local infrastructure tax known as CIL (Community Infrastructure Levey), of which about £200,000 will be passed to the Parish Council to spend on local priorities.

Commenting on the decision, Cllr David Johncock, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council said: ‘I was pleased to see a thorough review of the outline brief for Slate Meadow. While we need to acknowledge it has at times been challenging, we also need to acknowledge the value and importance that both our planners and the developer have placed on the input from the local liaison group.

The resulting outline application which we discussed last night reflects this. Crucially, it also spells out clearly the planning obligations which the full, detailed application will need to include to meet the scrutiny of our planning team and the planning committee when the full application is put forward to us in the coming months.

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