Prospective District Councillor - Veronica Treacher
I HAVE lived in Rotherfield Peppard for more than 40 years. Both my children attended
I HAVE lived in Rotherfield Peppard for more than 40 years. Both my children attended local state schools. My professional life has been in education in various roles in schools, local authority advisory and inspection service and teacher training. I was governor of Chiltern Edge School and recently became a parish counciilor.
My overriding concern for our new ward of Woodcote and the eight small villages is to defend our outstandingly beautiful rural and semi-rural environment against the predations of developers and landowners who “cash in” land instead of caring for it properly. Expensive neighbourhood development plans facilitate this process. This is not to deny homes for the really needy of this area but to resist the pressure to build large, expensive houses far out of reach of local young people, first-time buyers, teachers and nurses and all those who contribute to the local economy by providing essential serviced.
The Tory Localism legislation and buyâ??to-let policies constitute a developers’ charter. The planning process has been effectively deregulated and a presumption to build is the order of the day. This is unsustainable. We need the right homes in the right places at the right price.