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Statement on works to the pond at bells Hill Rec.

The pond in Bells Hill Rec.

The tree works undertaken this week have generated a lot of discussion and criticism of the Parish Council. This statement aims to introduce some facts into the debate.

The Parish Council was contacted by a Willow Park resident about flooding of gardens following heavy rain in October 2020. She subsequently arranged for a drainage consultant to make a site visit and invited the Parish Council to be represented at the site visit.

The site visit took place on Sunday 29 November 2020. Cllrs Carter and Finan attended. The consultant surveyed the pond and advised that vegetation surrounding the pond should be cut back to prevent leaves falling into the pond and silting it up. One resident requested that a bough of the oak be removed as it shed leaves onto her garden. It was noted that the old fence on the boundary with the recreation ground needed replacing as the fence posts were cracked and broken, resulting in the fence falling in towards the pond. The residents also asked for the willows to be pollarded, which was agreed.

The Parish Council invited contractors to quote for the work. They visited the site at the same time and both pointed out that the old fence would need to be removed to allow tree surgeons access to the trees and saplings on the ‘rec.’ side of the pond. It was noted that some vegetation had grown through the chain link fence and would be lost when the fence was removed. Also there was ivy which was seen to be restricting the growth of some of the trees and needed to be removed. The contractors agreed that there were some important interdependencies, so agreed that they would do the work at the same time. The tree surgeon advised that removing one bough from the oak would leave it unbalanced and liable to being blown down in high winds so recommended that a bough on the opposite side also be removed to restore balance.

The recreation and environment committee subsequently accepted quotations from both contractors and authorised the start of the work. The Clerk to the parish advised the resident who had organised the site meeting and asked her to inform her neighbours.

With the work in progress, the tree surgeon balanced up the oak and found a large split in the centre of the oak caused by disease. He advised the clerk that the tree should be felled as a health and safety precaution. The clerk authorised this work.

Accusations that the Parish Council is not committed to ecology are not true. A councillor asked Buckinghamshire Council officers twice whether an ecology survey was necessary for the tree works and their response was that it wasn’t required. The Parish Council also checked whether any of the trees was covered by a Tree Preservation Order – none were. The owner of the tree surgery company is an active environmentalist and he took steps to ensure there were no birds’ nests in any of the trees he was asked to remove.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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The Stoke Poges Good Neighbour Scheme is ready and willing to provide assistance to parishioners who are self-isolating. Their advice is to try online shopping in the first instance but if you cannot then contact: SPGNS [Email address: SPGNS #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ] or 07591 350159

Pinewood Nurseries farm shop (Wexham Street) is offering a pre-order and delivery service for food supplies. It may be useful for relatives who live some distance from Stoke Poges to make arrangements for parishioners. Follow the link below for further information and a downloadable order form.

If you are an individual experiencing financial hardship you may wish to contact the Stoke Poges Charities

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Agenda Planning Committee 21 January 2019


You are summoned to attend a Meeting of the Planning Committee to be held on Monday 21 January 2019 at 7.30pm in the DEBBIE TOWART Room at the Village Centre,

Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges

Julie Simmonds


16 January 2019

077/PL/19 Items by Members of Public Present.

The meeting is open to the public and press and the first 15 minutes will be reserved, if required, for public comment. 

078/PL/19 Apologies for Absence

079/PL/19        Declarations of Interest

Members to declare any personal interest in any item of business as defined in the Code of Conduct 2007.  If that interest is a prejudicial interest as defined in the Code, the member should withdraw from the meeting for that item. 

080/PL/19 Minutes

Approval of the Minutes of the Planning Meeting held on 19 November 2018 (previously circulated)

081/PL/19 Planning Applications

(i) To approve delegated decisions submitted for Planning Applications for which the response date was prior to this Committee Meeting.   See Appendix 1.

(ii)To consider and formulate a response to new Planning Applications received. See Appendix 2. Plus amended plans for information only.

082/PL/19 Planning Decisions, Enforcements and Appeals.

District Decisions made since the last Planning Committee Meeting.  See Appendix 3.

083/PL/19 Outstanding Enforcements See Appendix 4. 

084/PL/19 Correspondence.

085/PL/19 Exclusion of the Press & Public

Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960  To resolve to exclude the press and public from the following business because publicity would prejudice the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business.  Part two items:- To discuss any possible unlawful buildings or business’s which have not been granted enforcement notices and therefore are not public.

Next meeting date:  18 February 2019





PL/18/4645/EU Land at 2 Woodbine Cottages, Gerrards Cross Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks

Certificate of Lawfulness for an existing use relating to use of building as a separate self-contained dwelling.

PL/18/4694/KA Hollybush House, Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4QN

T1 Chestnut – prune back lower bough by 4M, T2 Cypress – Crown lift up to 4m (conservation area Stoke Poges Framewood Road)

PL/18/4528/TP 27 Freemans Close, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4ER

Pine (T1) – remove to near ground level (SBDC TPO no:12, 2003)

PL/18/4724/TP Sefton Park, Bells Hill, Stoke Poges, Bucks

Work as per trees work schedule (SBDC TPO 12, 1998)

PL/18/4742/FA The Barn House, Stoke Green, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4HN

Single storey side and rear extensions, following demolition of existing garage and conservatory.

PL/18/4806/FA Spring Cottage, Stoke Wood, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4AU

Erection of dwelling house, demolition of existing house and outbuildings.  Retention of existing garage.

PL/18/4878/TP 26 Freemans Close, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4ER

T2 Ash & T3 Oak – Remove (TPO 12, 2003)

PL/18/4792/FA Pioneer House, Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4QP

The installation of temporary classrooms arranged in single storey block and a double storey block for a temporary period until the 1st March 2019 (Retrospective)




PL/18/3821/FA                   Gable End, West End Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4ND

Demolition of existing garage, part single/part two storey front and rear extensions, alterations to roof and side fenestration.

Parish Council Comments:    We have concerns about the height of the new roof and whether it is in keeping with the area

Herby Permits

PL/18/3888/KA                  Stoke Park Golf Club, Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG

2 x Oak Trees – Fell/Prune (Conservation Area Stoke Park)

Parish Comments:-  Object to the loss of trees in the Conservation Area and the Green Belt, however we will reply on the arboriculturalist to decide.

No TPO required/Works can commence.

PL/18/4124/KA                  The Stoke Poges School, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LN

Works to trees next to school in conservation area: Stoke Poges West End.

Parish Council Comments:   No comment – subject to the arboriculturist’s report

No TPO required/Works can commence.

PL/18/3851/TP                   Copperfield House, Stoke Court Drive, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LU

T1, Cedar Tree – remove to ground level and replaced, T2, Lime Tree – cur back and reduce by 25%, T3 Lime Tree – crown reduction by 25% (SBDC TPO 02, 1963)

Parish Council Comments:   No comment – subject to the arboriculturist’s report

Consent Refused

PL/18/3919/FA                   The Bungalow, Wexham Street, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL3 6PA

First floor side extension.

Parish Council Comments:   No Comment

Permission Refused.

PL/18/4132/FA                   The Grey House, 61 Plough Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4JP

Retention of solar panels on roof (Retrospective)

Parish Comments:-  Object based on the existing solar panels not adhering to the original planning permission granted.

Hereby Permits

PL/18/4059/FA                   Pine Cottage, Stoke Wood, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4AU

Construction of garage, following demolition of existing garage.

Parish Comments:-  Policy EP3 applies, we have concerns over the ridge height and the Green Belt 50% rules.

Hereby Permits

PL/18/3802/FA                   Claremont House, Gerrards Cross Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4EL

Two storey side extension.

Parish Council Comments:   We believe that Appendix 8, 3.1 applies to this application.

Hereby Permits

PL/18/4099/FA                   1 Stoke Green Cottages, Stoke Green, Stoke Poges, SL2 4HR

Roof extension, rear dormer, pitched roof over existing flat roof and roof lantern to rear.

Parish Comments:- No Objection to the roof extension but we object to the rear dormer.  Policies EP3, EP5, H9 (a) & (b), H11 (a) (b) & (c), and C1 all apply.

Hereby Permits


TPO/19/0002 Fraxinus, West End Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4ND

TPO made on T1


Parish Office Closed

Due to a family bereavement,  our clerk is unavailable this week. The Parish office will be closed. If you need to contact her please leave a message on the answerphone. If it’s an emergency please contact a Parish Councillor, contact details are inside the back cover of Stoke Poges News.
Apologies for any inconvenience.