Wycombe furniture firm releases land for housing

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ABOUT 100 homes could be built on a site adjacent to one of Wycombe’s oldest family businesses – furniture manufacturer Verco.

Verco said it plans to consolidate its operations and release land between its base in Chapel Lane and Mill End Road to make way for the proposed housing development.

The furniture firm, which was established in 1912 and employs more than 100 people, is working with developer Taylor Wimpey on the plans.

Jeff Roberts, Finance Director at Verco, said: “We’re proud to be one of the longest-established family businesses in High Wycombe and we’re planning to remain very much a part of the town’s commercial landscape, providing jobs for local people, for a long time to come.

“In order to cement our place as one of Britain’s biggest and best office furniture manufacturers, it’s essential that we’re totally focused on staying ahead of the competition.

“That’s why we’re looking to release the land value of a redundant part of our site to generate funding for vital improvements and new equipment.”

A public exhibition will be held at Millbrook Combined School between 3pm and 8pm on March 27, Verco has announced.

Andrew Moore from Taylor Wimpey said: “Wycombe District Council is addressing the need for new homes to be built across the local area by consulting on potential site allocations for its forthcoming Local Plan.

“The more previously-developed sites which can be brought forward, the less greenfield land will be required to fulfil this need.

“The land adjacent to the Verco site represents an ideal development opportunity thanks to its sustainable location with good transport connections already in place.

“By releasing this site for development, Verco will also be able to unlock valuable capital to invest in its future prosperity and maintain job security for its employees.”

For more information on the proposals visit www. taylorwimpey.co.uk/verco-wycombe from March 27.

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1:04pm Fri 21 Mar 14

dbanes says...

We live close by and would rather not have 100 extra homes, which probably means 200 extra cars in the area at peak times but we have to put them somewhere so better on a brown field site than using green belt. As the climate becomes more erratic any potential buyers should consider the issue of any flooding in the area as the properties will be almost at water level.
We live close by and would rather not have 100 extra homes, which probably means 200 extra cars in the area at peak times but we have to put them somewhere so better on a brown field site than using green belt. As the climate becomes more erratic any potential buyers should consider the issue of any flooding in the area as the properties will be almost at water level. dbanes
  • Score: 10

1:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

no1buzz says...

strange this coming to light now, just after new road layout very nearby
strange this coming to light now, just after new road layout very nearby no1buzz
  • Score: 5

2:11pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Gaulnut says...

Should be ready to start construction at the same time as the HS2 traffic starts flowing through there. That'll be fun... not.
Should be ready to start construction at the same time as the HS2 traffic starts flowing through there. That'll be fun... not. Gaulnut
  • Score: 1

10:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

tigeran says...

Ah, more money in the pocket for our councillors! Well done guys, glad your pensions are doing well, shame about the rest of the population!
Ah, more money in the pocket for our councillors! Well done guys, glad your pensions are doing well, shame about the rest of the population! tigeran
  • Score: 3

11:11am Sat 22 Mar 14

townraider says...

more houses and less jobs ... we need more jobs in Wycombe -- we need to retain building land for industry
more houses and less jobs ... we need more jobs in Wycombe -- we need to retain building land for industry townraider
  • Score: 4

8:01am Sun 23 Mar 14

leehumphrey says...

we live very close to this,and this is the first I have heard, I had all the flyers about the road resurfacing and new layout, but this has been kept under wraps, and no invite / flyer about the meeting - mmmm smelling a rat here.
we live very close to this,and this is the first I have heard, I had all the flyers about the road resurfacing and new layout, but this has been kept under wraps, and no invite / flyer about the meeting - mmmm smelling a rat here. leehumphrey
  • Score: 3

3:56pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Chris Woodman says...

Well, how useless can they get. I drove to Millbrook School. No sign of an exhibition. Spoke to a guy at the door with a flash umbrella (Taylor Wimpey) and he said "just along the end of the building, follow the signs". I eventually found one sign and followed it but then no more. All the time I was getting wetter and wetter in the rain and eventually gave up. What an amateurish performance. I hope all the stuff is available online.
Well, how useless can they get. I drove to Millbrook School. No sign of an exhibition. Spoke to a guy at the door with a flash umbrella (Taylor Wimpey) and he said "just along the end of the building, follow the signs". I eventually found one sign and followed it but then no more. All the time I was getting wetter and wetter in the rain and eventually gave up. What an amateurish performance. I hope all the stuff is available online. Chris Woodman
  • Score: 0

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