Added Sep 23rd 2020
Added Sep 16th 2020
Click the above picture to go to the newsletter
Added Sep 9th 2020
Did you win?
Results and galleries of the entries for the virtusl competitions are now available to view on the show website. www.csgshow.org
Many thanks to everybody who entered into this year's Show with a difference and thanks from the competitions team for your support.
Added Sep 2nd 2020
Breaking News re Paradigm’s High View Planning Application
The past 6 months or so have been amongst the strangest most of us have faced in our lifetimes and of course have made us focus on the bigger issues of the health and welfare of our loved ones and the state of the economy.
However, with this as a backdrop, our campaign against the proposed development by Paradigm Housing on our Green Belt continued, albeit at a less frenetic pace. We have continued with our weekly Committee meetings and contacted the Chiltern District Planners and our local Parish Council on a regular basis to ensure we were fully up to date with their assessment of Paradigm's unmerited attack on our Green Belt.
We are beyond delighted to be able to announce that the Planning Officer, Mr Graham Mansfield, has decided to reject Paradigm's proposal and this view has been supported by his management team. The principal reason for rejection of this development was based on the Green Belt designation of the land although there were other important contributory factors as well. We have attached a copy of Mr Mansfield's Case Officer Report which states in detail the grounds on which the Application was rejected and also a Decision document which summarises the 3 main reasons for refusal.
This is fantastic news for maintaining the integrity of Chalfont St Giles as a proper village with defined boundaries, and a culture and community spirit that we should all be rightly proud of.
On behalf of all the Committee we would like to thank each and everyone of you for your efforts which undoubtedly have been a very significant factor in making this rejection happen. Thank you:
For writing a quite extraordinary 500+ letters of protest against the development which represents nearly 1 in 4 households in the Village - what an achievement !
For donations without which we would not have been able to fund our Professional Planning and Highways Consultants
To the dozens of you who tirelessly leafleted and engaged with residents to get our 'Protect St Giles' Green Belt' message across
To those who spent weekends on the Village Green at the Farmers' Markets gathering support for our 2,500+ signature Petition
To the Editor of the Chalfont St Giles Newsletter for helping us to make everyone aware of the threat to our Green Belt
A big thank you to our Parish Council, our local District Councillors, particularly Carl Jackson, for their valuable assistance and advice and to our local MP Dame Cheryl Gillam for her demonstrative support including a photo-call and writing personally to the CEO of Paradigm asking him to explain his actions!
Last and most definitely not least, to all of you who just read our emails, helped to spread the word and showed what a wonderful sense of Community Spirit there is in Chalfont St Giles
Whilst it is still possible that Paradigm will choose to make an Appeal within the next 6 months against the decision, we are told that it would then take a minimum of a year before the Appeal could be heard at a Public Hearing. If an Appeal is lodged by Paradigm then we shall continue to liaise with our local Councillors and the Bucks County Council Planning Committee to offer them whatever assistance and support we can in defending their correct decision to reject this planning application.
Meanwhile, we shall continue albeit at a more relaxed pace to engage with all relevant parties and in particular to strive to see if there are any possibilities to make the land off High View permanently safe from development. If anyone at any time has any thoughts or ideas with regards to this our mailbox remains open and monitored regularly so please do drop us a line.
I know you will all join us in thanking the Committee for their efforts which at times came very close to a full time job for some .
Thank you again for taking pride in our Village and showing what Community Spirit can achieve.
We may need more help in the future but for now let us celebrate the rejection of Paradigm's proposals and the successful defence of the land off High View and our Village Green Belt.
Many thanks to you all
On behalf of the
Protect St Giles Greenbelt Group