The proposals for High Speed 2 (HS2), initially from London to Birmingham, are as weighty as they are controversial, whether in relation to the countryside the proposed High Speed Line might pass through or the cities it could miss out. Public consultation started on 28 February 2011 and will run to 29 July 2011.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England sets out an inspiring and optimistic vision for the future of the English countryside, our greatest national asset. 2026 – A Vision for the Countryside describes the countryside CPRE wants to see in 2026, the charity's centenary year.
Tranquillity is important for everyone – for our hearts, minds and bodies. We all need to ‘get away from it all’ every now and then. Tranquil areas provide a means of doing this in a crowded, heavily built-up country. Being largely natural and free from intrusive manmade noise and structures, tranquil areas in the countryside allow us to escape the noise and stress of cities, towns and suburbs, to be inspired and to get refreshed.
Vale of Aylesbury
The Vale of Aylesbury is under attack.Click here
Full details can be obtained from the SBDC website.
Proposed Incinerator at Calvert
A planning application has been submitted to Bucks County Council by WRG (Waste Recycling Group) to build an “Energy from Waste” plant, i.e. an incinerator, at Calvert, north of Aylesbury. CPRE (Vale of Aylesbury) have commented in detail, raising concerns about several aspects of the application, although the principle of incineration is not opposed. The concerns include the need to improve levels of recycling, the unsuitability of bringing all waste to the plant by lorry (when rail is a realistic option) and the significant detrimental impact of the plant and its very tall chimney on the local landscape. The main concern is the fragmented approach to waste disposal adopted by each county. CPRE have recommended that adjoining counties should co-operate on the subject of waste disposal, hopefully eliminating the ridiculous situation where, for instance, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire may have incinerators built no more than 10 miles apart.
Milk processing plant near Aston Clinton
The planning application for this project was approved by Bucks CC and the plant has been built and is now in full production.. Milk is delivered to the plant by lorry from all over the country, giving rise to concerns about the effect of increased levels of traffic on local roads. The site includes warehousing, not directly linked to the milk processing operation. This appears to be a development which is inconsistent with AVDC’s existing plans in that it will be new building in open countryside. CPRE will continue to monitor the situation and will respond to any complaints raised.