Services and amenities accessible from the site.
The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 3.44 hectares and is currently in agricultural use.
It is contained on three sides by existing residential development, with housing along Greenwood Avenue backing on to the northern boundary and housing in Oak End Way and Greenwood Meadow situated to the east. The Chinnor and Princes Risborough heritage railway line runs alongside the southern site boundary, and beyond this is a recent residential development at Old Kiln Lakes (the former Chinnor cement works).
The proposed development site is in a sustainable location with good access to services and facilities. The local village centre is within 800m of the site and offers a range of amenities including shops, a post office, a GP surgery and a church. A Co-op supermarket is located about 400m away.
The site is well placed to access public transport with two bus stops less than 400m away providing links to Thame, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Oxford and Princes Risborough. Allotments, playing fields, a recreation ground and countryside are all easily accessible from the site.
Ecology and trees
The site consists of an arable field with pockets of scrub and vegetation located mainly along the southern boundary. Studies have identified a population of slow-worms and grass snakes on the site while common bat species access the site for foraging. Special measures will be taken where necessary to ensure that existing wildlife species are protected and offered enhanced habitat opportunities.
The tree population on site is limited and consists broadly of semi-mature trees and hedgerow, the majority of which are considered to be of low quality. Our proposals will seek to retain trees and hedgerow where possible, as well as introduce additional planting.
Because it is well enclosed by existing residential development, views to and from the site are minimal to the north. Perimeter landscaping will be provided at the western and south-eastern boundaries of the site, incorporating an existing wildlife corridor, to take account of views from these aspects. Our scheme is also being designed to respect the privacy and amenity of surrounding properties in all directions.
Flood risk and drainage
The site is located in Flood Zone 1 (lowest flood risk from rivers and other watercourses), and flood risk from overland flow, ditches, highways and sewers is also considered to be low. Surface water run-off will be managed through sustainable drainage measures such as soakaways and permeable paving.