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October 2011
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building work Planning strategy for The Lee
By Elizabeth Stacey

How are we affected by Chiltern District Council’s Core Strategy? The answer, in my opinion, is very little, if at all.

The Lee is in the Green Belt and has been since 1972 when the Metropolitan Green Belt which encircles London was extended to include the remainder of Chiltern District. Its extent and coverage, apart from a few minor amendments has not been altered since.

The aim of the Core Strategy is to establish a total number of proposed new dwellings to be built in Chiltern District in the period April 2006 to March 2026 and where they are to be built. There are four Settlement Groupings within Chiltern and the one in which The Lee falls is the Settlement Group ‘Green Belt villages and infill in rows of dwellings.’

The Core Strategy indicates that in this Settlement Group the increase in dwellings in the period April 2006 to March 2026 will be 70. However in the period April 2006 to March 2011: 52 new dwellings have been built and planning permission has already been given for a further 19 dwellings. So, in theory, unless there is already planning permission no new houses will be built in Green Belt villages, like The Lee, between now and 2026!
This seems to me to be very unlikely. The most likely outcome is that in the Settlement Grouping ‘Green Belt villages and infill in rows of dwellings’ building will continue at much the same rate as it has done between 2006 and 2011, that is around ten dwellings being built each year.

It means for The Lee, in my view, a situation of no change.

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