Optional Development Site
The area set forward 'for discussion' for 'possible ' development by CDC is hatched below.
This area is currently protected as Green Belt and is also of National importance being graded as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The River Misbourne
85% of The World’s chalk streams are found in the UK. Chalfont St Giles is fortunate enough to have the River Misbourne flow through it supporting rare and varied wildlife, Flora and Fauna. It's not uncommon to see newts, bats, dragon flies, badgers and deer in the valley. If the housing development proceeds with any number of houses then this unique river and precious asset will be hidden from sight and will most likely suffer from pollution and fly tipping.
The Misbourne has been gradually nursed back to full strength in the last decade thanks to the work of the Misbourne River Action Group.
100% of the proposed site not only falls within the green belt but also within an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. IF Greenbelt land is to be re-evaluated and down graded why target a Green Belt site that is also an AONB as the first option for discussion?
Our AONB is designated for good reason and should be vehemently protected and respected by the Council more than any other organisation.
Tourists visit Chalfont St Giles specifically for its unique character, setting and historic atmosphere. The areas of Stone Meadow, Upper Stone meadow, Stratton chase, Conker Drive, Chalk Stream River with associated wildlife, and historic setting are essential green spaces to distinguish Chalfont St Giles as a village and give it a unique identity. If the green spaces were filled in it would significantly impact on the character of the village and we would become no different to any other built up, modern village.