Young peo­ple can­not af­ford to live near their work­place

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

WIL­TON Park, in London End, Bea­cons­field, was bought by Amer­sham de­vel­oper In­land Homes, and has been ear­marked for up to 350 new homes.

Mike El­liott (in­set), chair­man of The Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety, said: “Our chil­dren are faced with the prob­lem of be­ing un­able to find ac­com­mo­da­tion nearby and work­ing nearby.”

He also feels that the prob­lem will be­come worse as young peo­ple will nei­ther be able to buy or rent a home.

“Peo­ple come to us for work from Wy­combe or Slough but they don’t live here, and we don’t see that as sus­tain­able.

“Travel costs are in­creas­ing in real terms and our in­fra­struc­ture, our roads are get­ting worse. Soon peo­ple won’t have the abil­ity or de­sire to go long dis­tances to work, and the town won’t be as at­trac­tive.”

Wil­ton Park is ex­pected to in­cluded 40 per cent af­ford­able hous­ing.

Mr El­liott added: “If it is not pos­si­ble for af­ford­able hous­ing to go on the Wil­ton Park site, a brown­field site, then what site in the dis­trict is? There are no con­straints on the site, it has a large space and is be­ing de­signed, so if it can­not have af­ford­able hous­ing, some­thing is se­ri­ously wrong, and the dis­trict would need to look at its pol­icy.”

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