Former business site in Saunderton could be developed into housing

Pictures from the time Molins site was demolished

Pictures from the time Molins site was demolished

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FORMER business site in Saunderton could be turned into housing as Wycombe District Council has proposed to release a number of reserve sites for development.

The Molins business area in Haws Lane, Saunderton, had been earmarked by the council for an area of employment but with a high need for housing, this could potentially be unlocked to developers.

New government framework stated the district needs to develop between 500 and 700 new homes every year, with the council previously being asked to work to a target of 400 homes.

By proposing to release reserve sites, Slate Meadow, Gomm Valley and Ashwells, Abbey Barn South and North and Terries Farm a large portion of the housing for a five year land supply would be filled.

However, with rough estimated figures published in the local plan, it would appear more housing would still be needed.

The council have said they need to ensure they can guarantee enough housing for the five year land supply to improve their chances of rejecting developer’s appeals to build where they like within the district.

Do you think the Molins site in Saunderton would be a good area for housing? Have your say be emailing bfpnews@london.newsquest.co.uk

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12:27pm Thu 14 Aug 14

motco says...

250 - 300 houses are mooted. There's little or no infrastructure locally: GP surgeries, schools both primary and secondary, transport hubs, etc.

A retirement village would need no schools and a GP surgery/clinic could be installed in the canteen building along with a social centre.
250 - 300 houses are mooted. There's little or no infrastructure locally: GP surgeries, schools both primary and secondary, transport hubs, etc. A retirement village would need no schools and a GP surgery/clinic could be installed in the canteen building along with a social centre. motco
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Thu 14 Aug 14

faircuppa says...

It has been mooted for years. It is an excellent site near railway and also near Wycombe and Aylesbury. WDC could also develop the Saunderton Lodge site and buy back some ex council houses for temp housing. Everyone's a winner there.
It has been mooted for years. It is an excellent site near railway and also near Wycombe and Aylesbury. WDC could also develop the Saunderton Lodge site and buy back some ex council houses for temp housing. Everyone's a winner there. faircuppa
  • Score: 6

3:45pm Thu 14 Aug 14

wycombetownie says...

motco wrote:
250 - 300 houses are mooted. There's little or no infrastructure locally: GP surgeries, schools both primary and secondary, transport hubs, etc.

A retirement village would need no schools and a GP surgery/clinic could be installed in the canteen building along with a social centre.
could cope with a lot more-- great place for a new eco village
[quote][p][bold]motco[/bold] wrote: 250 - 300 houses are mooted. There's little or no infrastructure locally: GP surgeries, schools both primary and secondary, transport hubs, etc. A retirement village would need no schools and a GP surgery/clinic could be installed in the canteen building along with a social centre.[/p][/quote]could cope with a lot more-- great place for a new eco village wycombetownie
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4:26pm Thu 14 Aug 14

motco says...

The big problem is that 250 houses could bring as many children and there is not a primary school nearby that could cope with that sort in intake. Nor could local secondary schools. A new GP centre would be useful on the site, but as for transport, there's none to speak of at weekends, and the station has few trains that stop at it.

Faircuppa, it's a long way from Aylesbury! Wycombe is convenient though, as long as you don't want to go via the pedestal junction at rush-hour. Hence my suggestion of a retirement village; fewer transport needs, no schools, GP centre and social centre can go in the architecturally pleasant canteen building, and shops too. Given the ageing demographic of the area, such a centre is much needed. It doesn't have to be sheltered housing, although some of that would be suitable, but just a place for like-age people with no worries about noisy children etc.
The big problem is that 250 houses could bring as many children and there is not a primary school nearby that could cope with that sort in intake. Nor could local secondary schools. A new GP centre would be useful on the site, but as for transport, there's none to speak of at weekends, and the station has few trains that stop at it. Faircuppa, it's a long way from Aylesbury! Wycombe is convenient though, as long as you don't want to go via the pedestal junction at rush-hour. Hence my suggestion of a retirement village; fewer transport needs, no schools, GP centre and social centre can go in the architecturally pleasant canteen building, and shops too. Given the ageing demographic of the area, such a centre is much needed. It doesn't have to be sheltered housing, although some of that would be suitable, but just a place for like-age people with no worries about noisy children etc. motco
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5:13pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Kania 2000 says...

Wycombe District Council are in a bit of a tight spot. If they don't produce an acceptable plan for the future then it will be a bit of a planning free for all. Seems like its panic time at WDC in more than the planning department. The meeting this evening could be rather interesting?
Wycombe District Council are in a bit of a tight spot. If they don't produce an acceptable plan for the future then it will be a bit of a planning free for all. Seems like its panic time at WDC in more than the planning department. The meeting this evening could be rather interesting? Kania 2000
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Thu 14 Aug 14

faircuppa says...

motco wrote:
The big problem is that 250 houses could bring as many children and there is not a primary school nearby that could cope with that sort in intake. Nor could local secondary schools. A new GP centre would be useful on the site, but as for transport, there's none to speak of at weekends, and the station has few trains that stop at it.

Faircuppa, it's a long way from Aylesbury! Wycombe is convenient though, as long as you don't want to go via the pedestal junction at rush-hour. Hence my suggestion of a retirement village; fewer transport needs, no schools, GP centre and social centre can go in the architecturally pleasant canteen building, and shops too. Given the ageing demographic of the area, such a centre is much needed. It doesn't have to be sheltered housing, although some of that would be suitable, but just a place for like-age people with no worries about noisy children etc.
I like your post a lot, what I would say though is an element of social housing would be inevitable. This is one of the avoided discussion points in this debate. Whether the kids would be noisy....! Also I have walked and cycled to Aylesbury from Wycombe fairly recently plus drive for work sometimes. Is not that far. Keep up the good work.
[quote][p][bold]motco[/bold] wrote: The big problem is that 250 houses could bring as many children and there is not a primary school nearby that could cope with that sort in intake. Nor could local secondary schools. A new GP centre would be useful on the site, but as for transport, there's none to speak of at weekends, and the station has few trains that stop at it. Faircuppa, it's a long way from Aylesbury! Wycombe is convenient though, as long as you don't want to go via the pedestal junction at rush-hour. Hence my suggestion of a retirement village; fewer transport needs, no schools, GP centre and social centre can go in the architecturally pleasant canteen building, and shops too. Given the ageing demographic of the area, such a centre is much needed. It doesn't have to be sheltered housing, although some of that would be suitable, but just a place for like-age people with no worries about noisy children etc.[/p][/quote]I like your post a lot, what I would say though is an element of social housing would be inevitable. This is one of the avoided discussion points in this debate. Whether the kids would be noisy....! Also I have walked and cycled to Aylesbury from Wycombe fairly recently plus drive for work sometimes. Is not that far. Keep up the good work. faircuppa
  • Score: 2

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