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£31,968
raised of £72,000 target by 461 supporters

    Weʼve raised £31,968 to SAVE OUR GREEN BELT - NEW THREAT FROM THE PORTMAN ESTATE WE URGENTLY NEED ANOTHER £40,000 TO FIGHT THIS

    Beaconsfield, UK
    Funded on Tuesday, 31st March 2020

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    A few months ago, Portman Estate lodged an application for planning consent to build a massive housing estate of 450-500 homes on our Green Belt adjacent to Amersham Road and hundreds of you objected to it.

    Bucks Council's planning officer, quite rightly, recommended that the application be refused and the planning committee refused the application on 11 grounds including the fact that the land is Green Belt and "very special circumstances" do not exist to develop it.

    Portman Estate have now appealed against this decision and have asked that the appeal be dealt with by way of an Inquiry. An Inquiry is the most formal (and expensive) type of planning appeal because it involves barristers and experts presenting evidence and cross-examinations, rather like a court case.

    We intend to attend the Planning Appeal Inquiry and present expert evidence with our barrister present to cross-examine the applicant's expert's evidence. To fight the appeal will cost more than anticipated (and more than the funds we have left over from the daft Local Plan fight) because Portman have required the appeal to be dealt with as an Inquiry rather than solely by submission of written evidence and we will need to engage our barrister and planning consultants to represent us. The Inquiry is scheduled to last 16 days.

    We are very sorry that the Planning Inquiry will require more funds than we have and that we have had to take the decision to ask for donations to cover the costs of our barrister and experts. We believe that Portman Estate are gaming the system. Unfortunately, the timescale is very tight. Our experts must be in a position to submit their statement of case by 21st July and, therefore we need donations urgently.

    Early indications are that we will need an additional £40,000. Please can you donate to protect our Green Belt? We would need 800 people to donate £50 or 400 people to donate £100, but please donate whatever you can.The Save Our Green Belt Team

    The Beaconsfield Society

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    • The Beaconsfield Society2 years ago
      The Beaconsfield Society

      The Beaconsfield Society

      2 years ago

      The long wait - Local Plan and Save Our Green Belt Update Firstly, huge thanks to all our volunteers, members and supporters for their generosity and kind words of support. We have been working on this campaign for 5 years and couldn't do this without you. Thank you very much! For a full update on the latest news from the Planning Inspectors, please see our JustGiving page or sign up to our Green Belt emails by sending an email to thebecsoc@gmail.com.

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    • The Beaconsfield Society3 years ago
      The Beaconsfield Society

      The Beaconsfield Society

      3 years ago

      We are all carrying huge smiles today as we hit out target today - but also its a bit sad too because it might scare off those thinking of contributing - we still could do with extra - as lawyers aren't cheap and we could do with extra time - so if you are thinking of giving still do :-)

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    • The Beaconsfield Society3 years ago
      The Beaconsfield Society

      The Beaconsfield Society

      3 years ago

      We are well and truly in to experts work with landscape, planning and green belt specialists and have had meetings with our legal team and other representatives- lots of great feedback and whilst we have raised loads (Thank You😁) we still would like more for air pollution reports and more traffic modelling. Please do tell friends every donation helps and counts a lot.

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      Feb 24, 2020

      £200.00

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      Feb 23, 2020

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    • La Vida

      La Vida

      Feb 19, 2020

      Keep up the fight!

      £100.00

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    The Beaconsfield Society

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    Beaconsfield, UK

    The Beaconsfield Society, founded in 1965, takes pride in our Buckinghamshire market town. We celebrate the past, promote the present and influence the future. Immediate Past Chairman, Mike Elliott and Chair Alison Wheelhouse have each lived in the town for more than 20 years.

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