Trees planted on Mayhall Farm raise concern over property development on Amersham, Bucks' Green Belt land
By BMeiring | Saturday, January 01, 2011, 19:16
Mayhall Farm, Amersham - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that campaigners are protesting against potential housing development
The numerous and mature trees planted in Mayhall Farm, Amersham, in November
Campaigners believe the trees planted on Mayhall Farm, Amersham, in November are a curtain designed to disguise the site from local residents as they apply for planning permissions
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1965, the Chiltern Hills span a distance of 47 miles in the Southeast of England, including our stunning town of Amersham.
Aside from the much-protested High Speed 2 rail link, there are other rife dangers threatening to spoil the Chiltern Hills, one of which has recently taken a turn for the worst.
In 2006, a piece of greenbelt land in Copperkins Lane, Amersham, was sold to a land investor. The 3 fields which measure over 25 acres, are managed by Site Management Consultants Limited (SMC) on behalf of what is believed to be over 100 individual plot owners.
Since the land was sold, a group of Amersham and Chesham citizens coordinated by the owners of adjacent properties at Mayhall Farm (Mayhall Farm Residents or MFR) has been formed to protect such land from housing development.
However, in November a curtain of mature trees was planted on the farm, which MFR believe was an expensive act designed to disguise the site from residents in surrounding roads, especially the Oakway.
Jamie Wood of MFR says, '(The planting of the trees) seems in our view to raise the likelihood that planning permission will be applied for. The Council has responded that they cannot act to remove the trees.'
Speaking in general about the campaign, Mr Wood commented: 'We feel this land is very strategically important. If this land is built upon then what hope is there for the rest of the greenbelt and AONB surrounding Chesham and Amersham? Accordingly we are hoping other residents will see the importance of defending this land from planning in order to protect the wider area.'
MFR are in active dialogue with the planners and ask concerned locals to add their support to the campaign. Please add your comments about this story below.