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Addison Road Closure for HS2 works

25
January 2021
Addison Road Closure for HS2 works

Please find below a copy of the advance works notification detailing the upcoming works Fusion, EKFB and Western Power Distribution will be undertaking along Addison Road from the 8 February to 12 February 2021. Addison Road will be closed from 8am till 6pm where the local diversion route will be in place. Outside of these times Addison Road will be open as normal.

You can contact the HS2 Helpdesk team all day, every day of the year on:

Freephone: 08081 434 434
Minicom: 08081 456 472
Email: hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

Leader of Buckinghamshire Council calls out HS2 Limited’s attempts to keep local residents informed

18
January 2021
Leader of the Council calls out HS2 Limited’s attempts to keep local residents informed

Leader of the Council calls out HS2 Limited’s attempts to keep local residents informed

19 Jan 2021, 9 a.m.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, has written to the Chairman of the Government’s Transport Select Committee (TSC) about the lack of effective monitoring HS2 Limited does of its works and contractors in Buckinghamshire.

Martin said: “I urge the Select Committee to insist that HS2 Ltd and its contractors do as they said they would when they set out their proposals to Parliament. Faced with the delivery phase of this unwanted project, the least we should expect is considerate, well communicated implementation. However, despite the assurances from HS2 that they will be a “good neighbour” we are not currently experiencing that. Instead HS2 issues are diverting tax-payers’ resources away from delivering vital services during a pandemic, as we are having to deal with countless local issues which are caused, and not adequately addressed, by HS2 Ltd and its contractors.

The Council has historically opposed the HS2 project and continues to do so for many valid reasons. It dissects the county and provides no tangible benefits to Buckinghamshire. We have all the dis-benefits of a large-scale construction project and none of the benefits, with the damage being done to our environment and the visual impact completely irreversible.”

At the meeting of the TSC on 6 January, it’s second six monthly oral evidence session on the progress of HS2, evidence was given by Phil Gaskin, Chairman of Calvert Green Parish Council, an area hugely impacted by HS2. He stated “that there is no quick and simple way of resolving issues with HS2 Ltd.”

Both Greg Smith MP for Buckingham and Mr Gaskin raised the need for independent oversight of the project and suggested the implementation of local sheriff style appointments, to be told by Mark Thurston, HS2’s CEO that these roles were already in existence. No-one has seen these officers in Buckinghamshire.

Councillor Tett added: “On this basis I urge the Select Committee to ensure that there is effective monitoring of the contractors and HS2 Ltd’s decisions to implement the project differently to the proposals set out to Parliament, and for Buckinghamshire Council to be appropriately re-imbursed for the additional pressures which the project implementation is putting on the authority.”


Extract from Buckinghamshire Council's post at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/news/leader-of-the-council-calls-out-hs2-limiteds-attempts-to-keep-local-residents-informed


Emergency Food Provision

18
January 2021
Emergency Food Provision

Planning Applications for Dunsty Hill Farm

08
January 2021
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Following the housing survey from the developer who owns Dunsty Hill Farm, they have now submitted two planning applications. Neither of these applications relate to affordable housing which was previously discussed. Instead they relate to alterations to an existing barn and a change of use for the farm to catagory C1 for hotel flexible use.

"Highbarrow Holdings is seeking to obtain approval for the re-use of two of the redundant barns at Dunsty Hill Farm but this does not affect our plans for the Rural Exception Site application. We intend to submit the Rural Exception Site application in early 2021.

We obtained a lawful development certificate for the smaller barn in the summer, the current application is for minor works to make it fir for a B1c use, the objective is to have 3 small light-industrial units there.

We will also be looking to obtain ‘prior approval’ for the larger steel barn to use it as either an apart-hotel or commercial use. This prior approval application will confirm that the use is ‘permitted development’. If this is approved, we will then submit a subsequent application for external works to make that barn fit for purpose.

The re-use of the agricultural buildings is actively encouraged by national planning legislation – measures are therefore in place to allow such uses without the need for a traditional planning application"

The Parish Council will be responding to these applications, but the planning applications are accessible everyone and we would encourage you to review the information and submit your own comments.

Planning Application 20/04204/APP is for external alterations to an existing barn: https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QL0JR4CLL3T00

Planning Application 20/04431/COUAF is for the change of use to C1: https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QM3P4DCL0RH00

You will be able to comment online using these links.

You can access Buckinghamshire Council's Planning Portal at https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and search for any application in the area.

Neighbourhood plan Steering Group

06
January 2021
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NOTIFICATION

CALVERT GREEN PARISH COUNCIL

RE: NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP

Response deadline: Friday 8th February 2021

This is a formal notification and will be posted on the PC Website, the village notice board and on the Calvert Residents FB site. If you are interested in joining the Steering Group for the development of the Neighbourhood Plan. Please send an email to clerk@calvertgreenparish.co.uk with your name and contact details.

Anyone resident within the community can note their interest. The final Steering Groupwill be limited to 7 people: 4 residents,1 member of the Calvert Green Community Association and 2 members of the Parish Council. Depending on the number of responses received, there will be an independent and fair method used to finalise the Steering Group. We will also be guided throughout the process by an external expert consultant.

BACKGROUND: The Neighbourhood Plan

Calvert Green Parish Council are planning to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (also known as a Neighbourhood Plan) for our local area. A Neighbourhood Plan is a formal document which sets planning policies at a local level and so, it’s important that our local community is involved in each stage of the Plan’s creation. Step 1of this process is to define the ‘Neighbourhood Area’ that the Plan will cover and apply to the Council for approval.

STEP 1: Neighbourhood Area Application and Consultation: Details about the neighbourhood area application (now closed) can be found on the Your Voice Bucks website including the parish application letter, including reasoning why we wish to include parts of Charndon parish and the Chardon parish agreement to the inclusion: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/calvertgreen-ndp-are

If you have any questions please contact: Clerk@calvertgteenparish.co.uk

Happy New Year!

CGPC

Upcoming EWR road closures in our area

30
December 2020
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Attached are two documents identifying upcoming road closures in our area. Please note that the closures in the Buckinghamshire specific document are likely to severely affect access to Padbury.

New Prison Consultation

30
December 2020
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The newly proposed prison (between Grendon Underwood and Edgcott) extension consultation period has been extended until 29th January 2021. Updated information is below including a flyer from Edgcott Parish Council.

To visit the consultation website go to: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/potential-newprison-in-buckinghamshire

To have your say, visit: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/potential-new-prison-in-buckinghamshire/consultation/intro/

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Update

15
December 2020
1

I am getting tired and angry about the misinformation and scaremongering that is going on. If you recently received a letter through your letterbox about Calvert Green Parish Council's neighbourhood plan submission, please ignore it because consists of complete lies. In fact the neighbourhood plan is actually the only real opportunity we have as a parish to influence any future development.
Calvert Green is surrounded by land owned by developers. If you look around the edges, you will see lots of road stubs that were deliberately incorporated. A neighbourhood plan is the only fight we have to influence development in our area. I use the word influence because Calvert Green Parish Council is only one of a number of consultees and Buckinghamshire Council may or may not take note of its comments in its decision on planning applications.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes and have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.
The farmed land to the left of the main entrance to Cotswolds Way is owned by David Wilson who shared plans for over 100 houses a few years ago. It sits in Charndon parish which means we have little influence over any development in this area - even though it would connect to our existing village. This is the reason why we have agreed with Charndon Parish Council to include this as part of our neighbourhood plan's designated area. Without it, we have absolutely no control over decisions made on this land. Whether we like it or not, at some point they will submit planning applications, as will the Dunsty Hill developers and FCC who have also considered housing plans.

If the neighbourhood plan is accepted, the next step is to setup a steering group to ensure we represent the true views of the community and we will be looking for volunteers to join.

All these points have been discussed at previous parish council meetings and are covered in the minutes which are available from the parish council website www.calvertgreenparish.co.uk. Parish Council meetings are open to the public and there is always an opportunity to ask questions. We also make sure that everything is properly explained. I wish that the few people in our community who constantly attack the parish council would actually attend parish council meetings and understand the facts, rather than share inaccurate information. We are all volunteers and bound by strict governance which means that everything we do is transparent and published.

The neighbourhood plan consultation is still open and accessible at https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/calvertgreen-ndp-area. You are within your rights to object to the additional land included, but if you do so, you risk us having no control over any planning decision adjoining our village. Everything is covered in the formally published document below.

Phil Gaskin

Chairman, Calvert Green Parish Council.

HS2 Traffic Information Guide

14
December 2020
1

Traffic information update from EKFB (HS2 main works contractor). Please note that this does not include Fusion (HS2 enabling contractor) or East West Rail.

Meeting With Martin Tett 09/12/20

09
December 2020
1

On Wednesday morning, at our invitation Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, accompanied by Angela Macpherson, our Councillor, took an extended drive around the local area affected by the combined effects of HS2 and East West Rail (EWR).

The purpose of the trip was to bring Mr Tett up to speed on the local situation prior to a meeting with a representative of Steeple Claydon PC and the Chairs of the other local Parishes, Calvert Green, Charndon and Twyford at Twyford Village Hall. During this meeting we expressed our concern about the behaviour of the contractors working for HS2 and EWR in terms of respecting the agreed conditions for construction, the effect of the additional traffic, speeding by contractors’ vehicles, failure to keep the road surfaces free of mud and their effect on the road surfaces and verges.

We asked that processes be put in place to monitor these issues and ensure, as far as possible, that senior management of the two promoters take appropriate actions to bring their contractors and sub contractors to heel. The Council have the benefit of being able to speak with the senior management, an advantage denied mere Parish Councils despite both promoters’ protestations of operating to high standards of resident engagement. Finding some way of improving behaviour is, in our opinion, vital in avoiding any dangerous incidents as work becomes more intense.

We also asked for the County’s support in our quest to relax the terms of use of the Mitigation Fund negotiated on our behalf by Mr Tett so that the monies can be spent on projects of immediate benefit to our communities rather than only being applied to environmental mitigation which will depend, to a greater or lesser degree, on the completion of designs for HS2 in the area which still appear to be some considerable time away.

All in all a useful meeting which has now involved the highest political levels of the Council with the opportunity to repeat at, maybe, quarterly intervals. Hopefully, this will start to make a difference to the challenging times which we face whilst the two railways are completed.

Additionally it is worth reporting that on 6th January there will be a Transport Select Committee session at the HoC at which the HS2 Minister and the CEO of HS2 appear. Our MP, Greg Smith, who is a member, has arranged for a short presentation created by the four Parishes to be made by Phil Gaskin of Calvert Green PC. This will demonstrate the cavalier manner in which both railways are being constructed. This will give the MPs some ammunition with which to hold HS2 and the DfT to account in the second part of the session. We hope that they take the opportunity.

Parish HS2/EWR presentation to Greg Smith MP

27
November 2020
1

Copy of presentation on behalf of Calvert Green, Charndon, Steeple Claydon and Charndon parish councils

Response to CPG-RAG Doordrop letter

23
November 2020
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23rd November 2020.

As chairman of Calvert Green parish Council (CGPC), I feel it necessary to respond to a letter that was circulated over the weekend purporting to be on behalf of Calvert Green Parish Residents Action Group (CGP-RAG).

I must firstly explain that this letter was deliberately omitted from parish councillor's letterboxes and I am deeply concerned by the content and by the fact that survey data was used to personally identify individuals, in contradiction of GDPR policy. I have previously had to complain about the harassment of parish councillors on their own doorsteps by a member of CGP-RAG which is another misuse of personal identifiable information. The content of this letter that was circulated was brought to our attention by concerned residents on Sunday 22nd November.

All but one parish councillor signed the CGP-RAG petition and while some did feel pressured to do so, it also puts us in a difficult position because, after taking legal advice, this affects our ability to make a majority balanced decision based on declarations of interest. Therefore, criticism of parish councillors who, on reflection (and on the record) actually felt pressured to sign the petition undermines their ability to represent the community's views.

I'll start by setting the scene. Calvert Green, whether we like it or not, is surrounded by land already owned by developers - none of which is green belt. The Vale of Aylesbury local Plan (VALP) which is soon to be approved (at County Level) will protect us from major development for 5 years. CGPG is in the process of formulating its own Neighbourhood plan which will include engagement with the community. This plan, when complete will afford us some protection by influencing future planning applications. The Dunsty Hill developers are working outside of these current planning restrictions by using a rural exception scheme - to demonstrate a need for affordable housing. At this stage, no planning application has been submitted.
While Parish Councils are consulted on all parish planning applications., any views expressed by the Parish Council will be taken into account by the Planning Authority before a decision is made, providing the points made are relevant to the determination of a planning application. However, the final decision is made by the Planning Authority (Buckinghamshire Council), not the Parish Council.

For years, CGPC has supported the best interest of our community and has successfully objected to several planning applications from developers surrounding us. As with all developer interaction, CGPC identifies the lack of amenities, public transport and existing percentage of affordable housing. We then encourage developers to engage with the community on their plans prior to any planning application - to give parishioners the ability to formulate their own considered response. This was done in respect of the Dunsty Hill proposal.

In January 2019 we objected to a previous planning application opinion for approximately 400 homes, including 4 and 5 storey blocks of flats on Dunsty Hill. In the interest of transparency, I am sharing a map of our community showing all the previous development proposals to date. All of which have currently come to nothing - not that they won't come up again because many of you will be aware of the various planning consultancy schemes such as http://www.5thstudio.co.uk/site/assets/files/1308/5thstudio-cal-project_page.pdf and https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/page_downloads/160905%20FINAL%20DRAFT%20VALP%20Reps%20-%20Verney%20Junction.pdf. CGPC has challenged these grand schemes and was assured by Buckinghamshire County Council that no master plan is at play.

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At our last parish council meeting, CGPC agreed to setup a steering committee with CGP-RAG. CGPC is still waiting for dates from CGP-RAG to proceed. Furthermore, CGPC arranged to meet with CGP-RAG and our MP Greg Smith but were told by CGP-RAG not to attend. For the record, CGPC is very much willing to work with CGP-RAG and our parishioners to ensure the best for our community. Our position with the developers is entirely to ensure the community would get the best deal should any development be approved and it is clear that we neither support nor object at this stage because no planning application has been made. It is common for parish councils to discuss with developers on the needs of the community - such as allotments or play areas. This does not set any precedent for support. While a petition of names is useful, it does not carry the same weight as individual letters of objection and we would encourage everyone to respond if a planning application is submitted, whether you support or object to the proposal.

As a parish council, we are here to represent the whole community. The Dunsty Hill farm developers sent their own petition to every household - and of the respondents, 50% were against new affordable homes and 50% were in favour. Now whilst this only represents a small percentage of the community, everyone was given the opportunity to respond and nobody should have been discouraged from responding. There are 402 domestic properties in Calvert Green Parish as well as two businesses. However, we are attached and integrated with the original hamlet of Calvert (Brackley Lane and Werner Terrace) where there are several more properties which were rightly included in the developer's consultation.

Amongst other things, CGPC is also engaged with East West Rail and High Speed Two and has successfully won concessions after petitioning in parliament - not that this will minimise the blight our community will suffer over the coming years during construction, but it has at least provided us with funding to mitigate the impact of these projects.

All your parish councillors are unpaid volunteers who also work full time and give up their time to support the community. I encourage you to join us for our parish council meeting at 7:30pm on Thursday 3rd December. It will be a Zoom meeting and the connection details will be shared via CGPC website at www.calvertgreenparish.co.uk and via Facebook and the village notice board.

Phil Gaskin
Chairman, Calvert Green Parish Council

HS2 Additional Vegetation Clearance on Brackley Lane

18
November 2020
1

The date of the clearance works has now changed by a week. The works will now start on Monday 7th December to Friday 11th December 2020.

HS2 upcoming works schedule

18
November 2020
1

HS2 webinar tonight on works in Calvert area (register before 4pm)

18
November 2020
1

There is an HS2 webinar tonight covering works in the Calvert area where you can ask questions to the HS2 team. You can register to attend by using the link below.

Calvert works update on Wednesday 18 November 6:00-7:00pm

Please note registration will close two hours before the webinar starts.



HS2 e-Newsletter Updates

10
November 2020
4

East West Rail Presentations 2020

10
November 2020
12

HS2 Presentations 2020

10
November 2020
6

Calvert Green Neighbourhood Area Consultation

10
November 2020
1

Calvert Green Parish Council are planning to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (also known as a Neighbourhood Plan) for their local area. A Neighbourhood Plan is a document which sets planning policies at a local level and so, it’s important that the local community is involved in each stage of the Plan’s creation. The first step of this process is to define the ‘Neighbourhood Area’ that the Plan will cover and apply to the Council for approval.
The proposed Calvert Green Neighbourhood Area covers the whole of Calvert Green Parish Council area and a small part of the neighbouring parish of Charndon.

If you would like to find out more about this, please access the Your Voice Buck’s website.
https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/calvertgreen-ndp-area/
The consultation takes place between 9th November and the 20th December 2020

HS2 works notices 2020

10
November 2020
4

HS2 works updates in the Calvert area..

You can contact the HS2 Helpdesk on Freephone 08081 434 434 or by Email: HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. You can also view additional work notifications in our local area at www.hs2inbucksandox.co.uk

CGPC HS2 Petitions

10
November 2020
4

Temporary Closure of Bridle Path

10
November 2020
3

Update from Buckinghamshire Council re Bonfire night 2020

03
November 2020
1

Dunsty Hill Development proposal 2020

13
October 2020
1

Play parks

13
October 2020
2

New play Parks maps and downloadable questionaire

Chairman's report 2020

04
June 2020
Chairman's report 2020

HS2 Community and Environment Funding

01
January 2020
1

Neighbourhood plan consultation

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Calvert Green Neighbourhood Area Consultation

Calvert Green Parish Council are planning to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (also known as a Neighbourhood Plan) for their local area. A Neighbourhood Plan is a document which sets planning policies at a local level and so, it’s important that the local community is involved in each stage of the Plan’s creation. The first step of this process is to define the ‘Neighbourhood Area’ that the Plan will cover and apply to the Council for approval.

The proposed Calvert Green Neighbourhood Area covers the whole of Calvert Green Parish Council area and a small part of the neighbouring parish of Charndon.

Proposed Neighbourhood Area boundary

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If you would like to find out more about this, please access the Your Voice Buck’s website.

https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/calvertgreen-ndp-area/

The consultation takes place between 9th November and the 20th December 2020

Neighbourhood plan

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Coming soon

HS2 Code of Construction Practice

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You can contact the HS2 Helpdesk on Freephone 08081 434 434 or by Email: HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. You can also view additional work notifications in our local area at www.hs2inbucksandox.co.uk

Map of Parish boundaries

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Dunsty Hill Development proposal 2018

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