Homes ‘for sale' not yet for sale
Holy Cross developers say site is for registration as legal fight goes on
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.”