140 people attended the first of two public meetings held in Chalfont St Peter to discuss the emerging joint Local Plan.

Speakers included Troy Hayes, from London based Troy Planning and Design, Glyn Taylor from campaign group SENSE4CSP and John Hatton from the parish council.

Members of the public flocked to Gold Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday (Feburary 24) to listen as experts went through the plan and the consultation.

They explained what the Local Plan was and how best to respond to the ongoing consultation.

Mr Taylor said afterwards: “We basically went through the consultation and how residents should respond. Most people are concerned at the complexity of the consultation and how difficult it is to understand and respond. There is clear concern at the huge potential development being directed to Chalfont St Peter.”

Mr Hayes, said he had been ‘instructed’ by the parish council, as a planning consultant, to explain the presentation and plan to the public.

He said he provided ‘some background’ to the system and the more technical aspects of the plan and green belt review.

He added: “I thought it was very well attended. There’s obviously a considerable amount of interest in the way that Chalfont St Peter grows and develops in the future, and I think people feel very strongly about holding onto the green belt.

“I think it’s very positive in having this turn out for a public event.

“There’s a number of stages to this process and this is very much an early stage. They need to keep going with it, throughout the process.”