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Closed 31/03/2020

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£31,968
raised of £60,000 target by 461 supporters

    Weʼve raised £31,968 to SAVE OUR GREEN BELT in BEACONSFIELD In total, we have raised an outstanding £161k both on and offline

    Beaconsfield, UK
    Funded on Tuesday, 31st March 2020

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    The long wait - Local Plan and Save Our Green Belt Update

    Firstly, a huge thank you 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!

    Our previous update reported on Buckinghamshire Council's petulant response to the Planning Inspectors' initial findings that the Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan had, in all likelihood, failed the Duty to Co-operate test. This would mean that the Plan has failed and cannot be resuscitated. The Council however dispute this and want a physical (not virtual) hearing on the Duty to Co-operate point.

    We've been told by the Programme Officer that we would be looking at October in all likelihood before a hearing would be possible - due to Covid-19 and the Inspectors' schedules. 6 weeks' notice of the hearing date would be given. So we are in for a long wait; time which could better be used by the Council in preparing a new Bucks Plan which is required by April 2025, rather than wasting time and money pursuing the Chiltern & South Bucks Plan which could only ever run for a few short years up to 2025 but which would cause so much damage for our town.

    If the Council succeed in convincing the Inspectors that the Duty to Cooperate has been met, there would then be up to two further hearings: one on the overall ’soundness’ of the plan, and finally one on specific policies such as the Beaconsfield Green Belt. We have strong arguments to field at all hearings and our advisors are confident in our case – you can see the costs so far on our website of the specialist advice which over 1,000 supporters have helped to fund (all our volunteers and Save Our Green Belt team give their time free of charge). Once we know what hearings will be required we can assess the potential costs of these and whether further fundraising is needed.

    While we are waiting for the hearing, we have submitted two Freedom of Information requests; the first asks how much tax-payers' money the Council have spent on the Plan process (our experts estimate this to be c. £1 million); and the second seeks information why the "road to nowhere" is literally going nowhere. Bucks Council have replied to the first letter saying they are considering applying an exemption i.e. a reason not to disclose the information requested.

    We have also made an application to the Council to have the privately-owned Park Lane allotments (on the Green Belt) listed as an Asset of Community Value. This listing would allow for a moratorium in the event of a sale of the allotment land, giving the community time to make a bid. The council have a few more weeks to respond to our application.

    Our QC and planning consultants are ready to appear on behalf of us all at the Duty to Co-operate hearing but for now we must wait patiently for the hearing date. In the meantime, the Beaconsfield Society have been busy promoting our local businesses through the #BuyInBeaconsfield campaign and have welcomed an influx of new members. We hope to be able to re-start our events as soon as it’s safe to do so – if you’d like to help, please drop us an email at thebecsoc@gmail.com.

    We hope that you keep safe and well over the summer and we will update you as and when we are notified of a hearing date.

    With very best wishes,

    The Save Our Green Belt Team

    The Beaconsfield Society

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    • The Beaconsfield Society2 months ago
      The Beaconsfield Society

      The Beaconsfield Society

      2 months 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 Society1 year ago
      The Beaconsfield Society

      The Beaconsfield Society

      1 year 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 Society1 year ago
      The Beaconsfield Society

      The Beaconsfield Society

      1 year 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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      La Vida

      Feb 19, 2020

      Keep up the fight!

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    The Beaconsfield Society

    The Beaconsfield Society

    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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