Plan for 300 homes on part of park site

De­vel­op­ers hope to re­store his­toric build­ings at New­land Park

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

DE­VEL­OP­ERS have un­veiled plans to build more than 300 new homes and a sports cen­tre in the Chilterns.

Comer Homes has plans to re­de­velop part of the site at New­land Park, in Gore­lands Lane, Chal­font St Giles, in­clud­ing new build­ings and con­ver­sion of ex­ist­ing stu­dent blocks.

The firm which has de­vel­oped sim­i­lar res­i­den­tial sites, al­low­ing peo­ple to buy homes in pe­riod listed build­ings while pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as swimming pools and ten­nis courts, will find out by the end of March whether its ap­pli­ca­tion has been ap­proved by Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Spokesman for Comer Homes, David Mcfar­lane, said: “Comer Homes hopes to be able to re­store the his­tor­i­cal build­ings and cre­ate new apart­ments and homes in the build­ings and grounds for cur­rent and fu­ture res­i­dents of the area.”

The firm pro­posed 16 six bed­room houses, 34 four bed­room houses, 50 three bed­room houses, 188 two bed­room houses and 21 one bed­room apart­ments, all to­gether 309 homes plus 822 park­ing spa­ces.

This will in­clude 43 af­ford­able homes – 13 three bed­room, 10 two bed­room and 20 one bed­room. There will also be a gym­na­sium, a chil­dren’s play­ground and sports pitches for res­i­dents.

The com­mu­nity has been of­fered use of sports fa­cil­i­ties at the de­vel­op­ment, new foot­paths and bio­di­ver­sity im­prove­ments.

The plans also in­volve al­ter­ations to a Grade II listed manor house and a sta­ble build­ing to pro­vide new ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The firm has pro­posed to re­fur­bish gar­den build­ings, a cot­tage and a lodge, re­store a gar­den wall and de­mol­ish a build­ing to the west of the en­trance drive.

At the site there is cur­rently a mix­ture of for­mer col­lege build­ings and a Grade II manor house among other fa­cil­i­ties for out­door sports.

It is next to Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum.

What do you think of Comer Homes plans to build 309 homes in Chal­font St Giles? We want to hear your views. Con­tact us at buck­snews@trin­i­ uk.

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