De­vel­oper aims to turn houses into 10 lux­ury apart­ments for over-55s

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

LUX­URY apart­ments for over-55s could be built if plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted.

Or­tus Homes has ap­plied to Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) to con­vert two houses into 10 apart­ments in Chal­font St Peter.

The de­vel­oper, which owns the prop­erty in Oval Way, held talks ear­lier this sum­mer with the com­mu­nity and says the plans will be a ‘pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion’ to the vil­lage.

The coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee will de­cide on the plans by Novem­ber 28.

Spokesman for Or­tus Homes, Miles Will­shire, said: “We would like to thank those mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who took the time to give us their feed­back on the pro­pos­als, which has helped us to re­fine and im­prove our plans be­fore sub­mit­ting the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We’re very en­cour­aged by the lo­cal feed­back we’ve re­ceived and have strived to bring for­ward a scheme that will make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the character of Ger­rards Cross.”

Mr Will­shire said the lux­ury apart­ments are ex­clu­sively for the over55s.

The plans were re­vealed at a pub­lic meet­ing in June.

Ruth McDon­ald, 70, of Bull Lane, said: “I do not think peo­ple around here are very keen to move into apart­ments. I would not move into one of those apart­ments.

“I just find it is claus­tro­pho­bic hav­ing lived in a house. I would like less con­gested places rather than a num­ber of peo­ple all in one area.”

County coun­cil­lor David Martin said: “Whilst ex­press­ing no view one way or the other on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion it­self, I com­mend the de­vel­op­ers on the high level of con­sul­ta­tion.

“This in­cluded writ­ing to all elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, all in­ter­ested par­ties and groups and a large num­ber of res­i­dents and hold­ing two pub­lic exhibitions where peo­ple who could be af­fected were able to look at the de­signs and speaker with the de­vel­op­ers.”

Does Chal­font St Peter need­more­ac­com­mo­da­tion for over-55s? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews @trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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