Grendon Underwood prison planning application

Alan Turner, Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council’s Strategic Sites Committee said:
“Buckinghamshire Council’s Strategic Sites Committee has today unanimously voted against the planning application for a new Category C prison at Grendon Underwood.

“After careful consideration the Committee felt that the combined effects on the local area in terms of sustainability, heritage and the environment would have an overriding negative impact. There was also a feeling that not enough consideration has been given to alternative sites which could be more suitable for such a facility.

“Whilst the Committee acknowledges the efforts made by the applicant for offsetting some of the concerns raised during the application process, the overarching sentiment is that the scale of this proposed development would irreparably alter the nature of this rural and historic landscape.

“Taking all factors into account and giving fair consideration to all viewpoints, our decision goes in favour of the officer recommendation to refuse this planning application.”