Out of the ashes, 10 years after being destroyed by a ferocious fire, High Wycombe’s doomed ski slope looks set to be turned into housing – despite campaigners fearing it will lead to an urban sprawl with up to 1,000 new homes to follow.

Gutted by a blaze which lives long in the memory of most residents, the Wycombe Summit site could finally be revitalised with developers bidding to build 30 homes on the land.

Despite support over the regeneration, fears are continuing to grow that the Abbey Barn Lane development will be the “tip of the iceberg” and adds to concerns over the 1,000 extra homes being built in the area.

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With the controversial Pine Trees 441-home development being built quickly along Daws Hill Lane, campaigners believe an extra 550 mooted properties on Abbey Barn Lane will cause chaos across eastern parts of town.

Wycombe District Council caused huge controversy in 2014 when it released its Local Plan revealing the idea of building about 450 homes on Abbey Barn South and 75 homes on Abbey Barn North.

Former mayor of High Wycombe and a member of the Abbey Barn liaison group, Trevor Snaith, said: “We’ve had a huge amount of big developments across the town, with many worried that more are on the way in Abbey Barn and Gomm Valley.

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“Want we don’t seem to ever get is a proper traffic strategy before they are built. These big houses are going up and then people realise our roads and services like schools and surgeries can’t cope.”

Fears over extra pressures on High Wycombe’s roads, including the already congested London Road, Marlow Hill, Daws Hill Lane, Heath End Road and Abbey Barn Lane are now continuing to grow with campaigners saying more infrastructure is needed in town before new developments are given the green light.

Conservative WDC councillor for Ryemead, Marten Clarke, said: “As much as I think the Wycombe Summit site is a good application, the infrastructure to support the developments on Abbey Barn is a serious concern.

“With the developments on Abbey Barn Lane and Daws Hill Lane you are going to have at least in excess of 900 properties, all with multiple cars, coming out on roads that are already too busy.”