I recently received this letter below. It seems that Wycombe DC have plans to develop Slate Meadow, which as the letter-writer states, is one of the very few undeveloped parcels of flood-plain still existing beside the River Wye. I have often stood on the bridge where I took this photo and enjoyed how rural this vista is (that’s Slate Meadow to the right), in spite of the highly developed area all around. The meadow itself has been extensively grazed for as long as I have known it (I took this picture in 2008, but Slate Meadow is where I first saw a wild trout in the River Wye in 2004) and is a rather nice piece of unimproved pasture. Of course Wycombe DC will have development targets and the country needs more houses, but surely it is a great shame if they cannot see the rarity and value of an undeveloped riverside meadow where there are vanishingly few of them left? Meanwhile there are countless brownfield sites up the valley, acreages of concrete and little else, which would be much better developed while Slate Meadow is left alone as a cathartic parcel of green and a reminder of the valley’s rural past. If you know Slate Meadow or care about the landscapes around our suburban chalk-streams, perhaps think about dropping Wycombe DC a line to say as much. And if Wycombe DC go ahead let’s hope the local EA insist the planners give more room to the river than the trapezoid green strips carved out near developments upstream over the last few years. We need living rivers more than planners sometimes realise!
The Wye is in the news again – sadly.
Wycombe Council plan to build 350 houses next to it at Slate Meadow, one of the last open spaces along its banks. This is juts above where it meets the Thames at Woburn Green.
There is a protest group; one for Slate Meadow and one for Bourne End. In total the Council wants to put another site of 350 houses on green feild near Bourne End too.
There is url which is ddbe.online and there are Group Facebook pages for Slate Meadow
I live in Cookham and will write to Wycombe Council by the 8h August deadline
Is there any way you can also add your weight to the protest if you feel this is appropriate ?
I am sure all concerned would welcome it. In addition if there was anyone else with a strong media presence whom you could suggest we approach that would be a great help too.
Thank you in advance for considering this approach.