Homes ‘for sale' not yet for sale

Holy Cross de­vel­op­ers say site is for reg­is­tra­tion as le­gal fight goes on

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

DE­VEL­OP­ERS re­spon­si­ble for new homes at the site of the for­mer Holy Cross Con­vent School have launched a web­site which says ‘Homes for Sale in Chal­font St Peter’.

It comes de­spite an ongoing le­gal bat­tle over de­vel­op­ment but Charles Church – owned by Per­sim­mon – have de­nied any homes are avail­able to buy and stressed that peo­ple can only reg­is­ter in­ter­est.

The con­tro­ver­sial piece of land as been at the heart of a bat­tle be­tween the par­ish coun­cil and the dis­trict coun­cil over de­vel­op­ment there.

The par­ish coun­cil ap­pealed against a de­ci­sion to build hun­dreds of new homes on the site, and had wanted to move the Chal­font St Peter CofE Academy to the site.

But the re­view last year found in favour of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s (CDC) de­ci­sion and that it was cor­rect to grant per­mis­sion nearly 200 homes and a 75 bed­room care home.

The par­ish coun­cil – which has also fought to lower the num­ber of pro­posed houses – was un­suc­cess­ful in its ap­peal but has re­quested the court to re-ex­am­ine the case.

They ar­gued that ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties were be­ing lost and that CDC had been in­cor­rect in state­ments made about the num­ber of play­ing fields which had been on the site.

A statement on the web­site, www. charleschurch.com, reads: “Find your per­fect new home at The Grange.

“This stun­ning new de­vel­op­ment is lo­cated in the pic­turesque village of Chal­font St. Peter which is sit­u­ated just west of the M25, be­tween junc­tions 16 and 17.

“It forms part of a col­lec­tion of vil­lages re­ferred to as ‘The Chal­fonts’, along with Chal­font St Giles and Lit­tle Chal­font and is home to an array of in­di­vid­ual shops and lo­cal pro­fes­sional ser­vices that can be found with their tim­ber clad shop fronts in the mar­ket place, or fur­ther along the bustling high street.

“The Grange is sit­u­ated on the site of the for­mer Holy Cross Con­vent School, near by to Gold Hill Com­mon and will of­fer a range of two, three, four and five bed­room houses and apart­ments; per­fect for grow­ing fam­i­lies and pro­fes­sional cou­ples alike.

“Reg­is­ter your in­ter­est to find out more in­for­ma­tion about the launch of this much-an­tic­i­pated new de­vel­op­ment.”

Par­ish coun­cil­lor Richard Allen, who has been lead­ing the fight against the pro­pos­als, said the de­vel­op­ers were tak­ing a ‘risk’ be­cause of the ongoing le­gal bat­tle but added ‘they can do what they want’ since plan­ning per­mis­sion has al­ready been granted.

A Charles Church spokesman said: “No prop­er­ties on The Grange de­vel­op­ment at Chal­font St Peter are avail­able to pur­chase. At this stage, peo­ple are only al­lowed to reg­is­ter an ini­tial in­ter­est in the site. We are aware of the ju­di­cial re­view and are be­ing – and will con­tinue to be – re­spect­ful of that process.”

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