Horns Lane, High Wycombe - Housing Proposal Consultation

Closed 27 Aug 2020

Opened 2 Jul 2020

Results updated 8 Apr 2021

We would like to thank everyone who got involved with this consultation. We used a variety of methods to raise awareness of the consultation and let people how they could get involved. These were:

  • leaflet delivered to 340 residents and emailed to stakeholders
  • consultation website incorporating information and a comment form
  • webpage on Buckinghamshire Council’s Your Voice Bucks site
  • e-newsletter (sign-up on the website)
  • community webinar
  • online stakeholder meetings
  • local door-knocking during the non-lockdown period

In total, we received 60 letters, calls and emails responding to the consultation. In addition, 16 people attended the webinar session.

Overall, there was support for the development in principle but concerns over the proposed density of housing, impacts of increased traffic and whether flats are needed in this location.

We have reviewed all consultation feedback and we have made some significant changes to the initial proposal, including:

  • reducing the number of new homes from 62 to 50
  • removing most of the flats and replacing them with houses
  • adding a small playpark
  • adding a footpath through the open space
  • changing the direction houses face to reduce overlooking
  • increasing the amount of parking to 105 spaces, including 11 visitor spaces

We have also spoken with the Highway Authority about reducing the speed limit on Horns Lane and about the Cressex Road junction. Both matters are outside the remit of this development proposal but the Highway Authority support reducing the speed limit on Horns Lane and are looking at the Cressex Road junction as part of ongoing highway improvements.

The outline planning application goes through the planning process during spring 2021, which includes a period where it is open for public comments.

Overview

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Last year, the field between Horns Lane and Linnet Close was allocated for housing in Wycombe District Council’s Local Plan. Buckinghamshire Council is now responsible for implementing the Local Plan for future growth. Since then, we’ve been working on proposals for 62 new homes here, and are now in a position to share these with you.

Buckinghamshire Council owns the site and we are proposing this development in response to an urgent need for new homes in the area. The site has been identified as suitable, in principle, for housing. In summary, the early proposals include:

  • Up to 62 homes suitable for first-time buyers, up and down-sizers and families
  • Affordable housing to meet local needs
  • New public open space and biodiversity enhancements
  • New landscaping, tree planting and screening around the site
  • Vehicle access from Horns Lane
  • Cycle and pedestrian access from The Paddocks, Horns Lane and the footpath linking Limmer Lane
  • A new footpath linking to Cressex Road

Due to the current Coronavirus situation and social distancing rules, we are unable to host a face-toface, public exhibition. However, we have created the Horns Lane website where you can find more information, maps and illustrations about the proposals, and submit you comments.

You can let us have your comments in various ways.

  • Visit the Horns Lane website
  • Email us on info@hornslane.co.uk
  • Phone us on 07342 039 444 (during office hours)
  • Write to us at Horns Lane Consultation, FAO Jo West, Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP

The consultation period will end on 27 August 2020.

What happens next

We will analyse all the consultation feedback and update the plans. Details of the consultation results and revised plans will be published on the Horns Lane website.

We will then look to submit a planning application in August/September 2020. Should planning permission be granted, a second detailed planning application will follow.

If the detailed planning permission is granted, work could start anytime from late 2021.

Interests

  • Planning
  • Housing
  • Regeneration