Young people cannot afford to live near their workplace
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.”