HIGH Wycombe's future for the next 20 years has been revealed in a set of plans that intend to give the town a complete facelift.
Wycombe District Council, (WDC) which will discuss the plan at a full cabinet meeting on Monday, wants to update the town to bring it in line with the Eden development and make use of derelict factory sites.
Rural areas including Stokenchurch, Bourne End and Saunderton are also named as key sites for change within the Wycombe Development Framework (WDF), but councillors are keen to protect green belt land.
WDC has been told by the Government that it has to build 330 new homes every year for the next 20 years, and hopes to do this by using brownfield sites. However Hugh McCarthy, cabinet member for planning and sustainability at the district council, warned that this figure could go up.
Areas highlighted in the WDF for redevelopment include the Molins Factory in Saunderton for low-key employment, part of Stockwells Timber Yard in Stokenchurch for a care home, the former Bartletts site in Desborough for housing and business, the gas work in Lily's Walk for housing, shops and possibly a hotel, and the Compair site in Hughenden will house a sports centre and could become the new home for Amersham and Wycombe College.
The southern part of the district, including High Wycombe, Marlow and Bourne End, must bear the brunt of the Government housing target, but villages such as Great Kingshill, Hazlemere and Widmer End will not escape, and have been outlined to take on 30 of the new homes every year - some of which will be affordable housing.
Cllr McCarthy said: "We are very aware that we have to have a strong commitment to affordable housing and key worker housing.
"We are putting more affordable housing into smaller estates, it tends to be spread around with a much better community mix."
He also hoped to reserve any rural homes for families growing up in the area, and added: "I think that's terribly important to encourage."
To support Eden, which is set to open in 2008, WDC is planning to redevelop Sainsbury's in Dovecot Road, build new offices in Easton Street and include more student accommodation and housing in Bridge Street.
The WDF also notes the plans for BCUC's town centre campus and the redevelopment of High Wycombe train station.
Cllr McCarthy said: "Part of these policies are to regenerate the old town, it won't be left behind."
Jerry Unsworth, WDC head of planning and sustainability added: "What this plan provides is a frame work for those redevelopments to happen to raise the quality of the town, the quality of its facilities and environment."
Leaflets with details of the plan will be delivered to every house in the district in the next few weeks.