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More pressure on our green belt

LIFE must look very different in faraway Aylesbury.

So far from "escaping the South-East homes boom" (County Council Cabinet report, October 22) we in South Bucks feel very much under threat from the South-East Plan.

We believe that we should not have been included in the SEERA Western Corridor study group, which essentially means an economic growth area centred on Berkshire. The consequence of being included is that our housing requirement is effectively being amalgamated with that of Slough, with a real threat to the green belt in our southern parishes.

Also it is wrong to state that the regional assembly is working out the cost of the infrastructure deficit.

Only very rudimentary work on this has been carried out, and there is no substantiated estimate of the likely total bill for the accompanying requirement for new roads, schools, and waterworks. So the mantra "No Growth Without Infrastructure" is a poor figleaf against Government growth plans. My guess is that the Government will press ahead with large-scale housing expansion, and promise but never deliver the necessary infrastructure. The result will be increased housing densities, more congestion, more pollution, and a lower quality of life.

My message would be that we really must not be complacent. Residents of southern Buckinghamshire must play an active part in the consultation process on the South-East Plan in the New Year. South Bucks District will continue to argue the case forcefully against any undue expansion in our area.

Peter Hardy Leader of South Bucks District Council Oxford Road Denham

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