A GROUP of neighbours in Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross are attempting to buy a patch of land to protect it from developers.

People living in and near Lower Road want to purchase a patch of woodland near to the road to stop any potential housing being built there.

Although there is no immediate threat of housing being put on the site, it is understood that people living nearby are worried that it is an attractive area for developers, and want to buy the land and have it re-classified as a village green.

It is currently owned by Bucks County Council, and if it were to be re-classified, it would mean that any prospective developers would be unable to touch it.

Madeline Leary, 47, who lives in the road, said: “I’m not one of the people who is in this group but it sounds like a great idea to me if they can do it.

“Chalfont St Peter is really threatened by development at the moment.

“We have had to put up with the new office blocks being built near our road which has caused a lot of disruption, so it is good to see that people are trying to do something about this.

“I don’t think many people living here know about this plan, or we would get behind it ourselves.”

Chalfont St Peter currently faces the prospect of hundreds of new homes being built at the Holy Cross and Newlands Park sites, and many people in the village fear that it will become overpopulated.

Roger McCann, 67, a former estate agent, of Deancroft Road, said: "This is quite uncommon and might prove quite difficult to pull off, but it is not unheard of.

"If this group of people can come to an agreement with the county council then it will be an effective way of stopping the development but it could be quite a long and difficult process."

l What do you think of the plans? Are you one of the group who is trying to buy the land? Get in touch by emailing jackabell@trinitysouth.co.uk, or by calling 07795 953387.