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We are dismayed that Wycombe District Council has approved development, which includes a new track across Naphill Common in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The consent is for three houses in place of one at Heatherlands on Downley Road. Naphill is about three miles north-west of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.
We objected to the application because of the proposed new access track at the rear, across the common. The council has made it clear to the applicant that such a track requires the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006; this is in addition to planning permission.
Naphill Common is very special. Too often we see consent being given for works on common land once planning permission is granted. A new track would degrade this lovely common which is rich in wildlife and a place for public enjoyment. The public has the right to walk over every part of the common and it is enjoyed by local people and visitors. It is also designated for its nature conservation value.
We deeply deplore this decision and will object to an application for works on common land.