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Within the area of Green Belt proposed for house building to the North-East of Chesham is an infestation of Japanese Knotweed stretching back to the area the size of a tennis court.  Click on photo for a closer look at the patch of red in the middle.  This is Knotweed in Winter mode.  Please read below for more details to enter into your submission.

Volunteers for this Saturday Market Stalls 

Looking for volunteers to hand out leaflets and collect signatures for the petition from a stall on Saturday Market Day in Chesham.  No experience necessary. Full training given.  Please contact Sharen Cooke if you can help. 

Submission Help

Hopefully many of you will have started work on your submission to Chiltern District Council objecting to the removal of Green Belt status to the North-East of Chesham.  It can be a daunting task especially when you feel you have so much to say and do not know where to start. 

Don't forget to look at our How to Respond - Brown Not Green web page.

Make it simple for yourself by just writing a heading for each topic you want to write about.  Then try and write a paragraph or two every few days.  Before you know it you will have a full-blown submission.  Nobody is going to judge you on how good your submission is.  What will be judged is the number of submissions we actually get in.

To help you along the way, have a look at these two A* Grade submissions to see what a professional submission looks like.  Click on these two links:   Those of us without the specialist knowledge can all support these two excellent responses by putting in lots of D-grade submissions ourselves.   The two submissions above have done much of the dog work in finding the material evidence the rest of us require to make our submissions.  Needless to say, if you want to use any of the material in these submissions, please do BUT PUT IT IN YOUR OWN WORDS.  And if you have any other concerns not included in these submissions, please also include them.

We are not putting these submissions on the BNG website but just making them available to a select group of the Brown Not Green supporters.  We hope they will spur you on and help you in your task of completing your submission.

More Than A Million Homes Possible On Suitable Brownfield Land

We should all be quoting this statistic used by the Campaign to Protect Rural England using the Government's own pilot brownfield register scheme.  Read about the recent study here:  
More than a million homes possible on suitable brownfield land - Campaign to Protect Rural England

Japanese Knotweed

More material evidence that you may wish to put in your submission is the fact that Green Belt Parcel Reference No 4.020, Area Name Land to the South of Lycrome Road as per the Green Belt Asessment Part Two Draft Report  has an infestation of Japanese Knotweed.
Clicking on the photos will give you a bigger photo to download for your submission.
This has been confirmed by two qualified sources.  An onsite tree surgeon and also by taking a sample to Rowan Garden Center in Chalfont.  The infestation is in the Woodland, clearly visible from the bottom South-East corner of the arable field between Deer Park Walk and Nashleigh House and covers the area the size of a tennis court, a hundred yards South of Nashleigh House.

The implication being that even after Japanese Knotweed eradication, a process that can take up to five years, mortgage and insurance companies avoid having anything to do with neighbouring properties.   If housing goes on this field it may be that the property cannot be sold.  This fails to alleviate the housing problem despite the environemntal cost of removing Green Belt status.

Transport

It is also worth pointing out that 900 new homes at the top of a steep hill will require a means of transport.  For most it is too far to walk and because of the gradients and lenghts of both Nashleigh and White Hill a Cycle Plan is not a realistic option.  This needs to be pointed out.  Local public transport services are being cut.  Read this recent:  Media releases | Local Government Association.  We need to challenge the Council on what they intend to do to mitigate the extra 1000 cars on our already busy roads.  Walking, cycling and buses are not an option, so don't be fobbed off by anyone telling you it is. 

Wildlife and Birds

The BTO - British Trust for Ornithology website lists surveys of birds.  It has Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds.  From the BTO surveys, the following birds on the Red List have all been spotted on the Green Belt area under discussion:
  • BULLFINCH
  • CUCKOO
  • DUNNOCK
  • FIELDFARE
  • GREY WAGTAIL
  • HOUSE MARTIN
  • HOUSE SPARROW
  • KESTREL
  • MALLARD
  • MISTLETHRUSH
  • SONGTHRUSH
  • STARLING
  • TAWNY OWL
  • YELLOW HAMMER
For your information, 48 species of bird have been spotted and recorded on this site. Bats are also present but the specie(s) has not yet been identified. Also present in the area are muntjacs and badgers.  As this area is so rich in bio-diversity, this is another reason for objecting to the proposal to build houses upon it. 

Submission Buddy Registration Scheme

Do you have time to spare to help some of the more senior citizens submit their objections, helping them through the hurdles of submitting an objection especially if they don't have Internet access.  Please contact Jenny Walker if you can spare your time or know of anyone who may need some help.  She will match Buddies with those that need help.

A brief submission is better than no submission at all and is more important than signing the petition.  

The Brown Not Green Campaign Team

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