Parish Centre Appeal

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024

Planning Appeal Ref. APP/X0415/W/24/3343635: Glebe Way, Chesham Bois
Planning Application Ref. PL/22/4074/FA

A planning application to build a large-scale commercial development with a car park for more than 110 vehicles in the centre of the Chesham Bois Conservation Area, on a site surrounded by Chesham Bois Common, is still being pursued by St. Leonard’s Parochial Church Council.

The proposal to build across the site of the publicly funded parish centre, the new rectory (built in the 1980’s) and adjacent green space was initially submitted in 2020 and has already been refused twice by Bucks. Council, in 2021 and 2024, and once on appeal by the UK Planning Inspectorate in 2022.

On 25th June 2024, the Parish Council received formal notice that St. Leonard’s Parochial Church Council has decided to submit a second appeal to the UK Planning Inspectorate, in spite of considerable local opposition to the scale of the proposed development in such a tranquil setting enjoyed by residents, visitors and native wildlife.

The Parish Council called an extraordinary meeting on 28th June 2024 to agree upon a response to the appeal. A resolution was made to instruct lawyers to challenge the appeal on behalf of residents who have notified us of their objections and as the adjacent landowner of Chesham Bois Common which is owned and managed by the Parish Council for the benefit of the whole community. The deadline for representations to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate is Tuesday, 30th July 2024.