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The planning applications phase of this Development has now been reached and posted on the Chiltern District Council Planning System - under Application Number - 2008/0068

A mass of information to digest about the proposals for the development of what is currently Green Field space - with details of the 80+ Houses to be built, together with the Kings Church. I feel sure this will raise many issues - as shown by the mass of comments from the members of the public who visited the Cala Homes / Kings Church Exhibition some months back.

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Here's a direct link to all the details on the CDC website: CH/2008/0068/FA.

Most of the date fields are still blank, so plenty of time to submit comments to the planning committee.

However, at the time of making this post, I can't access any of the Associated Documents (i.e. the actual plans and all associated correspondence), but just get internal server error messages. Hopefully that will be fixed by the time most of you read this.

Also, there was also a brief discussion about it on this forum when it was still hypothetical: Previous Raans thread.

PS It names the council ward as "Amersham On The Hill" (not Top Amersham). ;)

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You can't access the Planning system after 8pm.

The date for response is 3 weeks (21days) from the date of publication

Doesn't look much different to the draft which they consulted on to me

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You can't access the Planning system after 8pm.

I'd never noticed that before. However, I could access most of it last night: everything except the associated documents. (I wonder what the reason for that is?)

The date for response is 3 weeks (21days) from the date of publication

I think it's 3 weeks from the date the Neighbour Consultations are sent, and there isn't yet a date shown for when that will be. There is often a week or two between it being lodged with CDC and the letters being sent, and if half the consulation time was used up before anyone received their letters, I expect there would be uproar.

Also, as it's such a big application (in size and controversy), it will surely go to the full planning committee, so in practice, that will make things take longer and thus give more time for people to submit comments, though obviously it's better to send them sooner rather than later if you have strong views.

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This is the shortcut link to Associated Documents for the Raans Field scheme.

Straight in - i.e. no faffing around with 15 mouse-clicks.

Hope this helps. It worked last night, tho' not tonight.

https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFil...CH/2008/0068/FA

Bear in mind:

1) Access to CDC planning applications website can be frequently, enduringly erratic.

2) Planning dept also been known to sit on Contributor letters submitted for weeks before putting them up on site.

3) All Contributor letters are liable to get wiped without explanation or warning as the case clunks through, leaving just the bureaucratic submissions and their version of the issues on record.

4) This application seems well rehearsed - including a lotta worthy box-ticking softening-up PR aspirational cladding. Several bulky and/or multiple-page PDFs in there.

Nearest liable to be affected should sieve and scrutinise the screed carefully, throughout, for actual detail. Cheers.

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I'll probably get mobbed by nearby residents of the site, but I like the proposed new houses.Heres a link to the Architects site,was hoping to come across a proposed 3D model or artists impression, but their site is under construction.

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I'll probably get mobbed by nearby residents of the site, but I like the proposed new houses.Heres a link to the Architects site,was hoping to come across a proposed 3D model or artists impression, but their site is under construction.

osp architects

I think the main argument is the poor access to Raans Road from Woodside Road, can this junction cope with the extra traffic ?

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I think the main argument is the poor access to Raans Road from Woodside Road, can this junction cope with the extra traffic ?

I doubt it could cope. Amongst all the associated documents on the planning website there are detailed transport assessments. The trouble is, there are so many associated documents even before they've uploaded any letters from the public, but they've exacerbated it by scanning the transport assessment as individual pages, so you have to download it page by page - and there are over 80 of them (shared between "part 1" and "part 2"). :angry: I know they need to cater for people without broadband, but that's ridiculous.

You can't access the Planning system after 8pm.

Maybe not always, but it was fine at 9.30pm yesterday, and I know there have been other evenings when I've accessed it after 8pm. Strange.

The date for response is 3 weeks (21days) from the date of publication

It's in this week's published list (e.g. in Examiner), with a response deadline of 21st March.

You can view the details at CH/2008/0068/FA, but at the moment, can't submit comments via the website. However, you can email them to planning@chiltern.gov.uk quoting the application number, your name and address.

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You can't access the Planning system after 8pm.

The date for response is 3 weeks (21days) from the date of publication

Doesn't look much different to the draft which they consulted on to me

I thought the cut off time was 11pm to 8am

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I am opposed to it purely on the basis of schools! The primary schools here are already overloaded. They should be building a school not a church! Do you know that the entrance into Chestnut Lane School after siblings and special needs was living in the catchment area and within 400 Metres of the school! Lots of kids in catchment did not get places.

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I am opposed to it purely on the basis of schools! The primary schools here are already overloaded. They should be building a school not a church!

The site is there because they demolished a school and built houses on part of the site!

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PS It names the council ward as "Amersham On The Hill" (not Top Amersham). ;)

Yay ! \o/

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The Kings Church/Carla Homes application to build on Raans Field was refused by Chiltern District Council's Planning Committee, tonight Thursday, May 8. All the councillors who spoke, including Vera Head, Jane Bramwell, Noel Brown and Peter Jones, spoke out strongly against it citing the heavy traffic problems it would create, added to the loss of yet more open space etc. The only one who supported it was the committee Chairman Don Phillips who raised the usual spectre of upsetting the Planning Inspector etc etc No doubt we haven't heard the last of this, but at least a follow-up application should be a lot more 'eco-friendly'.

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Chairman Don Phillips who raised the usual spectre of upsetting the Planning Inspector etc etc

Although I agree that the proposal sounds very impractical for the reasons discussed, in fairness to Don Phillips, if they reject something that goes to appeal (i.e. to the Planning Inspectorate), it costs the council a lot of money, so they need to be wary of refusing things that have determined developers and where the Planning Inspectorate is likely to approve it.

Anyway, it sounds as if it was an interesting and controversial meeting with 4 significant developments turned down: this, Latimer Sawmills, Station Court, Rickmansworth Road and Deep Mill motel (only the last of which hasn't had a mention here before), and I wouldn't be surprised if several of those went to appeal.

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Planning application CH/2008/1780/FA for 83 dwellings and church building on former Raans school field

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- Amplified Raans shortcuts & views -
This application:CH/2008/1780/FA
Intro Page
[url="https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/publicaccess/tdc/DcApplication/application_detailview.aspx?caseno=K9YJH2ES06C00"]https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/publicaccess/td...o=K9YJH2ES06C00[/url]
ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS & VIEWS
[url="https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=Planning&appNumber=CH/2008/1780/FA"]https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFil...CH/2008/1780/FA[/url] [url="https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=Planning&appNumber=CH/2008/1780/FA"]
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[from adjacent Polish Club postcode: HP6 6LX. Set 'Bird's Eye' and 'Bigger map', rotate NSEW, 'hide inset map'; + press F11, for panorama]
Previous application: CH/2008/0068/FA
ASSOCIATED DOCS was
[url="https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.doappType=Planning&appNumber=CH/2008/0068/FA"]https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFil...CH/2008/0068/FA[/url]

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It doesn't sound hugely different from the previous applications. See:
[url="http://amersham.buckinghamshireadvertiser.co.uk/2008/11/raans-road-plans-come-under-fi.html"]Bucks Advertiser article[/url]
[url="http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/3873325.New_plans_made_for_Amersham_Raans_Road_site/"]BFP article[/url]

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- I see that Edinburgh-based [b]Cala Homes[/b] got a mention in dispatches recently, by the[i] Sunday Times[/i] City Editor.
- Something about high finance, corporate pay-offs and bank remuneration for allegedly reckless lending to property entrepreneurs, by Halifax Bank of Scotland.
- The article mulls possibly more orthodox -- as opposed to structured finance modelled -- corporate lending risk management determined by Lloyds TSB as new controller of HBOS.
- While all of this is bit over my head, it may possibly be of fleeting interest to the [b]Raans Field Amersham[/b] scheme developer, [b]Cala Homes (South) Limited[/b], and other patently devoted stakeholders and associates.
- For, transparently devout adherents, not to mention pious, ardent supplicants all verily do abound, both locally and even far beyond these parish bounds, doth it seem. [i]Oh Come, All Ye Faithful![/i]
- Gospel of the Day (Luke 14:15-24)[i] "Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled."[/i]
- Sunday Times story link:
[url="http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article5337490.ece"]http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busi...icle5337490.ece[/url]
- As for funding: Jointly and severally will The Lord and his well-heeled faithful and righteous well-wishers surely and plentifully provide; notwithstanding Lloyds TSB and the Edinburgh Laird in their own times of tribulation, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
- My dear brethren, the retiring collection will be for... the [b]King's[/b] ransom. Grant we beseech Thee, pray vouchsafe ye your servants joyfully, redouble their pledges. Give generously, each and all.
- May the congregation keep vigil till the cows come home. Nay, beyond, may they donate unceasingly, e'en till harsh Dawn breaks in the West o'er yon Chiltern bosky brow. Their rewards shall be in Heaven. For God is a long term investment; as is Mammon. Amen
- [size=1][size=2][Congregation will kneel in deep prayer, meditate sending more out-of-town outlandish unworldly emails to Chiltern District Council Planning Committee by Dec 25th, for the attention of its impregnable chatelaine, the Blessed 'Christmas Carol'.
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- Hymn: [i]Hark! The Herald Angels Sing![/i]

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Further to a recent previous post, I now note that the out-of-town bleating angels from beyond Amersham have certainly 'come to the manger' in numbers, regarding, and on behalf of, the[b] King'[/b]s Church, on the one hand, and that discreet-but-convincingly-socially-aware, acclaimed, solar panel trade award-winner,[b] Cala Homes (South) Limited[/b], in that deeply philanthropic, jointly- shared community real estate development project, for [b]Raans[/b] Field, Amersham.
- All of these [spontaneous] submissions were quite pastorally unguided, one might assume. - Just view the latest unprompted sincerity, and the wealth of pious ejaculations, by these enthusiastic external 'virtual parishioners' on:
[url="https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=Planning&appNumber=CH/2008/1780/FA"]https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFil...CH/2008/1780/FA[/url]
- Our thoughts are obviously with them, and all other interested parties, too, naturally.
See also, for
[b]Spiritual reading[/b]/hearing: [free, optional] [size=1] [url="http://\"http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/come_to_the_manger.htm%20%5b/url"]\"http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/H..._the_manger.htm[/url][/size]
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- No axe to grind here, just worshipfully wondering.
- Happy new year to all forum readers.

ubu

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The proposed development of ~80 homes plus a church will be discussed (again) at CDC's planning meeting on Thursday 19th February, which starts at 6.30pm. See [url="http://www.buckinghamshireexaminer.co.uk/west-london-news/local-buckinghamshire-examiner-news/2009/02/04/raans-field-concerns-grow-114018-22852497/"]Examiner story[/url] and the CDC website (planning ref: CH/2008/1780/FA).

One of the documents on the CDC website is from Bucks CC Property Services which says BCC has designate the site for "strategic disposal" for short term capital and that it granted Cala Homes a 5 year exclusive option to negotiate a development of housing and a church on it (see [url="https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/WAM/doc/Contributor%20Letter-1960909.pdf?extension=.pdf&id=1960909&location=VOLUME1&contentType=application/pdf&pageCount=2"]letter[/url]). On that basis I assume it's just a question of agreeing the details, rather than there being much chance of preventing it all together. I'd be interested to know the process by which Cala Homes got this right from BCC, apparently over the heads of CDC...

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It has been recommended for provisional approval by next week's CDC planning committee, prior to referral to the Secretary of State. See: [url="http://amersham.buckinghamshireadvertiser.co.uk/2009/02/raans-road-plans-recommended-f.html"]Examiner story[/url].

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This application has been approved by the council so the final decision is now in the hands of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The vote was 8 to 4 for approval despite concerns about the lack of parking. See full story below:


[url="http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/4140914.Permission_given_for_Amersham_building_works/#show"]http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/41409...ing_works/#show[/url]

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I think it's a shame to see that lovely field built on,but hardly surprised.

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Too late, but this has a few more details about the decision, how many people opposed and supported etc: [url="http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/4154250.Residents_feel__ignored__after_homes_approval/"]BFP article[/url].

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