Ter­raced hous­ing plan would help

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

WE were sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed to see the ar­ti­cle last Thurs­day, es­pe­cially the quotes from Mill­barn, as we have had a lot of con­tact with it, in­clud­ing meet­ings and emails over the last two years.

We have dis­cussed the new park­ing lease and a sig­nif­i­cant part of this has been the tim­ing of when we would take the land back.

I was at the first meet­ing we had, two years ago, with the prac­tice man­ager, when Deb­bie Breen said there was plenty of park­ing and it would not be un­duly af­fected by los­ing the smaller left hand side of the car park.

Hall Barn has been mak­ing ef­forts to find a way to reg­u­late park­ing on London End, to support re­tail­ers and users like the surgery. The es­tate has never asked for in­come from this.

A lot of the common land is owned by the es­tate and free park­ing has been al­lowed for many years.

The owner of the site is not the Hall Barn Trust – it is a sep­a­rate trust which the Hon. Mrs Jene­fer Farn­combe does not con­trol.

How­ever, the es­tate sup­ports the de­vel­op­ment as it will pro­duce more park­ing than pre­vi­ous Old Town de­vel­op­ments.

The of­fice de­vel­op­ment will bring more peo­ple to the town and is part of the es­tate’s strat­egy of help­ing the town be­come more sus­tain­able.

The four homes are pur­pose­fully de­signed as small ter­raced houses to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple try­ing to get onto the hous­ing lad­der and who can­not af­ford to rent or buy the much larger and more ex­pen­sive houses in the area. The in­ten­tion is for the trust that owns the site to build and re­tain the houses and the of­fices and rent them out, rather than sell fin­ished houses and of­fices.

DANIEL JONES Part­ner for land and business

Bid­wells

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