Construction to extend a retirement village with almost 60 new homes and a village hall on green belt land is set to start.

Plans to redevelop part of the Epilepsy Society site, off Chesham Lane, in Chalfont St Peter, were given the green light last November subject to the completion of a legal agreement with Chiltern District Council’s planning committee, which has now been signed by the Audley Group.

The Section 106 agreement means that construction can now start on the third phase of the development, which will see the existing Audley Care Community at Chalfont Dene extended by an additional 58 houses and a new village hall, as well as 80 parking spaces.

The plans were initially delayed after the decision to approve or reject the application was delegated to the head of planning and economic development by CDC's planning committee because the site is within green belt land.

The developers said the properties in the third phase will be named after prominent figures of local history and the landmarks which surround Audley Chalfont Dene, taking inspiration from the Chilterns landscape.

Greene Cottages pays homage to the famous local novelist, St Peter’s Grange is dedicated to the church in the village and Misbourne Place is named after the River Misbourne.

Managing Director Kevin Shaw said: “This approval is testament to the quality of the Audley Villages product and to our planning team.

“We sought permission to build additional units at Audley Chalfont Dene because of the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had since the village was first built; the first two phases are now completely sold out.

“We look forward to enabling more people to experience our vision of a retirement village.”