NEW MEGA PRISON IN GRENDON UNDERWOOD! - CAMPAIGN STATUS
21st July 2020 - MoJ give initial briefing to BCC Senior Management & make formal request.
August 2020 - MoJ meet with BCC.
October 2020 - pre-application advice received by BCC; no contact with community.
19th November 2020 - 20/03988/SO Local Planning Authority (BCC) validate MoJ request for BCC to consider the need for an Environment Impact Assessment.
December 2020 - meeting held to discuss landscape & visual impact; responses made subsequently.
3rd December 2020 - MoJ first notify local communities of their intention to build a THIRD prison in Grendon Underwood, this time a 1440 bed Mega Prison, giving till 24th December 2020 for comment, subsequently extended (on 19th December 2020) to 29th January 2021.
7th December 2020 - update meeting to develop the master plan & public consultation with senior representatives of BCC
10th December 2020 - the Parish Council held an open Preliminary Fact
Finding Meeting for residents to give their views. In light of UNPRECIDENTED OPPOSITION expressed then, the Council resolved to hold a series of open meeting to keep residents informed of progress.
17th December 2020 - 20/03988/SO BCC Planning decide no Environment Impact Assessment is necessary.
21st December 2020 - further meeting between BCC Senior Management & MoJ.
January 2021 - MoJ meet with BCC Highways.
19th January 2021 - The first open meeting held when the findings of research by residents were presented and the MoJ gave an outline of their proposals. You can you can see it HERE.
25th January 2021 - Buckinghamshire Council held a Cabinet Meeting to discuss the proposal and resolved to oppose. You can watch it HERE.
26th January 2021 - our MP, Greg Smith submits his formal response. You can see this HERE.
27th January 2021 - Buckinghamshire County Council councillors' object. You can see their response HERE.
28th January 2021 - Grendon Underwood Parish Council make its formal response. You can see it HERE.
5th February 2021 - the end of the extended MoJ consultation period - Grendon Underwood & Edgcott Parish Councils formalised a Prison Working Group of local volunteers to develop an opposition strategy.
15th & 16th February 2021 - second & third open meetings held and you can see the recording HERE.
March 2021 - MoJ submit formal request to BCC Highways for Pre-Application advice & meeting held with Highways.
26th March 2021 - MoJ Senior Management meet with BCC representatives .
Minutes of all open meetings & presentations made at them are available on the Meetings page of this site.
As further information comes to hand, times & dates will be posted to this web site. giving as much notice as possible considering the time scales imposed by the Ministry of Justice & the Planning Authority.