A High Court challenge to the Wycombe Local Plan has been thrown out – but campaigners plan to appeal.

The plan was adopted in August 2019 but action group, Keep Bourne End Green (KBEG), objected to land at Hollands Farm, Bourne End being removed from the Green Belt and allocated for 467 homes.

KBEG brought the case to court and is now fundraising for its appeal.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Buckinghamshire Council and developer Catesby Estates defended the challenge at a virtual hearing on June 23 and 24 before Mr Justice Holgate

He found there was no error in law in the inspector finding the Local Plan sound.

Catesby is now working on a planning application which will include land for a primary school and public open space.

Planning manager Dawn Adams said: “The Covid-19 lockdown has emphasised the continuing housing crisis with too many people living in poor quality housing with no access to outside space and many young people having no option but to live with their families.

“It is clear that adequate housing remains unaffordable to many. Bourne End is a highly desirable but expensive place to live with the average house price being 2.5 times the national average.

“Hollands Farm represents a unique opportunity to create a vibrant and sustainable new housing development for Bourne End.

“Our proposals will include 48 per cent affordable housing, public open space and green infrastructure with enhanced links to the public footpath network and wider area.

“This site will provide many local people with the opportunity to take their first steps on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.”

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