The High Court has dismissed a statutory challenge to the adoption of the Wycombe Local Plan (now forming part of Buckinghamshire Council).

The claims were brought by a local action group, Keep Bourne End Green (KBEG), who objected to land being removed from the Green Belt at Bourne End and allocated for housing in the Local Plan. 

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Buckinghamshire Council and Catesby Estates robustly defended the Local Plan at a two day virtual hearing last month.

Following this, all five grounds of challenge were dismissed by the Hon. Mr Justice Holgate, with the judgement clearly setting out that there was no error in law in the Inspector finding the Wycombe Local Plan sound.

The Local Plan therefore remains adopted.

This is welcome news for our 52 acre site known as Hollands Farm which forms part of a wider allocation in Bourne End which was removed from the Green Belt and allocated for residential purposes.

Catesby are currently working with the Council to prepare an outline planning application to deliver new homes, affordable housing, land for a primary school and public open space with a net gain in biodiversity.

Catesby’s Planning Manager Dawn Adams said; “The Covid-19 lockdown has emphasised the continuing housing crisis with too many people living in poor quality housing with no access to outside space and many young people having no option but to live with their families.  It is clear that adequate housing remains unaffordable to many; Bourne End is a highly desirable, but expensive place to live with the average house price being 2.5 times the national average.”

“Hollands Farm represents a unique opportunity to create a vibrant and sustainable new housing development for Bourne End.  Our proposals will include 48% affordable housing, public open space and green infrastructure with enhanced links to the public footpath network and wider area. This site will provide many local people with the opportunity to take their first steps on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.”

Find out more about the site here.