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Halt To Plans For Princes Risborough Bypass

Campaigners have persuaded Wycombe District Council to look at alternatives.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 3:24pm 19th May 2016. 2-minute read.

Halt To Plans For Princes Risborough Bypass

Plans to create a bypass road in Princes Risbrough have been halted, for now...

The council wanted to create the relief route for lorries and through-traffic between Aylesbury and High Wycombe, as part of plans to double the size of the town - adding around 2,500 new homes.

The two routes shortlisted in the draft Princes Risborough Town Plan (PRTP) would divert traffic off the A4010 onto Shootacre Lane, which lies within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

One route option continues along Picts Lane, part of a national cycle route, and the other heads to the east of Horsenden, a Conservation Area.

Residents living along the proposed route have formed the Bypass ActioN Group (BANG) to fight the plans - they have managed to persuade the council to look at alternatives.

We spoke to one of the lead campaigners, Monica Nelson:

"This decision is a step in the right direction but we're not going to give up the fight until we have reassurance that the proposed routes are not going ahead.

"We sympathise with Wycombe District Council they've got to put these homes somewhere, we do feel Princes Risbrough is taking more than its fair share.

"It would destroy a quiet rural area much used by horseriders, cyclists and walkers from the town and beyond to access the Ridgeway and Phoenix Trail. 

"We are concerned that the infrastructure is not there to support these number of homes.

"We are a small market town and there isn't much parking.

"We're not saying no relief road, we're saying this is not the right place for it."


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