Development Watch Alert DEVELOPMENT SITES IN THE COOMBE
PLEASE NOTE THE SUGGESTED ACTION BELOW FOR CONCERNED RESIDENTS TO HEAD OFF THIS THREAT
The BVRA was initially founded in 1987 to (successfully at the time) fight potential developments in The Coombes. Another potential threat has just come to our notice and is described below. If you are concerned by this threat, please write to the auctioneer - details below.
A number of plots within The Coombes are being offered for sale at auction. See the following links:
This land is entirely subject to a Woodland Tree Preservation Order, falls entirely within a Local Wildlife Site. Lot 75 is fully within an area designated as a Local Geological Site. It also falls within the Thames Basin Heath 7km Linear Mitigation Zone and partially within the 5km zone. The right of way shown on the map is nothing more than a steep footpath, meaning that lot 75 has no vehicular right of access.
Lots 95A, 95B and 95C are entirely subject to the same Woodland Tree Preservation Order and fall within the same Local Wildlife Site. Lots 95B and 95C are fully within the Local Geological Site. All the lots fall within the Thames Basin Heath 7km Linear Mitigation Zone.
Presumably there will be four further plots similar to Lots 95A, 95B and 95C coming to auction in due course as there was originally a group of 7 showing on Rightmove. These are also subject to similar protections.
The Coombes is heavily protected and that any attempts to develop any of this land will meet with strong resistance from the planning authorities and local residents alike.
Purchasers are deemed to rely on their own enquiries with regard to planning. However, the map accompanying Lots 95A, 95B and 95C gives the impression of substantial individual building plots and Lot 75 appears to be served by a non-existent road. It would be misleading not to share the above information with potential purchasers. The auctioneer should be requested to do this if there are any enquiries ahead of the auction and also the auctioneer should be requested to include this in the opening remarks when the lots come to auction.