Two planning applications have been submitted by developers to build on land in or near to Newton Longville. We agree there is a need for housing, but it should be up to the local community to decide where the housing should be inside our village.
15/00195/APP -Taylor Wimpey has applied to build 44 houses on land to the south of Whaddon Road (opposite Longueville Hall). This is the proposed site we saw at the exhibition in November, and against which we turned out in force to voice our objections.
15/00314/AOP – The South West Milton Keynes Consortium has applied to build up to 1,855 houses, on part of the development previously called Salden Chase. It is located to the south of the A421 and Buckingham Road, next to Bletchley but within Newton Longville parish. The developers say that their scheme is to meet a need for land for housing in Milton Keynes. However, neither Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) nor Milton Keynes Council has formally stated they need the extra land for housing.
In 2013, AVDC was forced to withdraw their Local Plan as they had not co-operated with surrounding councils. AVDC are still drafting their Local Plan to manage future housing supply. Until AVDC has a new Local Plan, communities – such as us – are having to defend against premature and predatory applications.
This is what we are doing about it: the Village Alliance – the team of the Parish Council, Save our Village and Village Plan, which successfully fought off the original Salden Chase, are working together once again to face the ongoing challenge of this potential mass development, – now being called South West Milton Keynes. The NO campaign – using our orange theme – will be sending out a very clear message out to the developers. We do not want uncontrolled mass development in or next to Newton Longville.
We say NO!
We are not alone. The support from West Bletchley is magnificent as is it from our MP, the Rt Hon John Bercow who will be attending the event on Saturday 28th February at around 11am.
This is the beginning of the battle. We all have our part to play. We must submit objections, and we must keep up the pressure on the developers. We do not have much time; we must have submitted objections by 25th March 2015. So, the Village Alliance is holding a number of events to bring you up to date, and to offer guidance on objections.
Dave Norris, Newton Longville Parish Council – James Lodge, Save our Village – Ian Whipp, Village Plan