Pernicious planning application

Someone from Skirmett has put in for planning permission to erect stables and a ‘barn’ in a field next to Ibstone Common here in the Bucks Chilterns. 

The applicant is Ms Jo Roadknight, and her agents argue that she needs secure stabling and storage.  The ‘barn’ is to provide accommodation for a horse trailer or lorry, a tack room, loo, shower room, tea station and storage – not the normal definition of the term ‘barn’.

The papers accompanying the planning application fail to mention that the field is right next to Ibstone Common and the access to the field is on a rough track over the common.  Heavy vehicles would come to and fro, and the track is loose gravel and mud on a slope.

Track over Ibstone Common – unsuitable for vehicles.

This will churn up the common, and Ms Roadknight cannot surface the track without the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the landowner (Wormsley Estate).  Fortunately, since Wormsley is opposing the plan it is unlikely to allow the track to be improved.  There is a public right to walk over the common too.  Such disregard for registered common land is pretty poor.

The development will be an eyesore, at the top of the lovely sloping field, visible from the common and the footpath which runs along the edge of the field.

The development site, highly visible.

Not surprisingly, the Chilterns AONB, Ibstone Parish Council, Chiltern Society and Open Spaces Society are among the objectors.  Let’s hope the planners roundly reject it.

If you’d like to object, you can do so online here.


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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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One Response to Pernicious planning application

  1. ossjay says:

    Well done for spotting this planning application – good thing it came to OSS attention.

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