Protest walkout over plans for 100 homes

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RESIDENTS walked out of a meeting with property developers after plans were unveiled to build a new estate in Wavendon.

The farmland behind Parkway and Hillway could see more than 100 houses built on 18 acres, and prompted many angry objectors to walk out of a consultation meeting last week in protest at the proposals.

Plans for the land, currently classified as open countryside, are still at an early stage with consultation yet to formally begin.

Nick Luke, of Wavendon, said: “Residents fear that this initial proposition is but the tip of the iceberg which could ultimately see the construction of several hundred dwellings which will have a devastating effect in many ways on a quiet local community.

“With more than 27, 000 outstanding planning permissions in Milton Keynes and additioinal housing in Wavendon already approved there is no demand or requirement for such a development, which will be rejected by all residents in the affected area along with the Wavendon Parish Council and Woburn Sands Town Council.”

Councillor David Hopkins, who represents Wavendon and Woburn Sands on Milton Keynes Council, urged his constituents not to be complacent, even though both Wavendon Parish and Woburn Sands Town Councils would be against the development.

“It is relevant to highlight that this land is classified as open countryside in the current Local Plan and the Core Strategy,” he said. “Any presumption would be against planning consent on such a site.

“However, neither the Wavendon Parish Council, Woburn Sands Council, nor indeed local residents, should be complacent and I would urge you to visit the consultation events and submit your comments.”