FORMER married quarters are coming up for sale this summer on the ex-Ministry of Defence site in Beaconsfield Old Town.

Forty six houses previously let to service families will be on the market within the next month, the chief executive of Inland Homes Stephen Wicks told the Bucks Free Press this week.

The three and four bedroom properties all have the potential to be extended, said the developer. “The houses have refitted kitchens and bathrooms. Currently we’re doing fencing and landscaping.”

Prices will range from £520,000 for a large three-bed semi.

The Beaconsfield office of Savills is the agent.

Earlier this month Inland received conditional permission from South Bucks District Council for 350 new homes on the one-time MoD School for Languages at Wilton Park.

The developer is one of the UK’s leading specialists in building on brownfield land – sites which have been used before.

The company bought the 100-acre site at Wilton Park in May 2014, two months after the MoD closed the languages school.

In the intervening five years, while planning permission for the parkland site bordering Beaconsfield Cricket Club was being thrashed out many of the buildings including married quarters were let to tenants to generate revenue for the developer.

The company recently moved its HQ from Amersham to Beaconsfield Old Town a few hundred yards from the Minerva Way entrance to Wilton Park at the junction of the A355 and the A40 London Road.

The Inland boss says he is hopeful the Section 106 agreement for Wilton Park will be signed off by the end of this month.

In layman’s terms the procedure amounts to a pow-wow between local authority and developer to pinpont exactly what amenities will be provided for the benefit of the community as a whole as a trade-off for being granted planning permission.

As a local himself Stephen Wicks has always said he wants Wilton Park to become an asset for Beaconsfield in a way it has never been in the past.

The plans for the redevelopment include sports pitches, cycle routes and parkland that will be open for residents in the wider area to use, not just those who live in the new neighbourhood created from the MoD site.

This week the chief executive is inviting locals to voice their opinion about how the tower block dubbed the Wilton Hilton should be demolished.

He says: “We could either take it down by conventional means or turn it into a spectacular fund raising event for a charity by inviting a celebrity to press the plunger and blow it up. We’d welcome the views of local residents.”

Last month was a good one for Inland. The brownfield specialist now has 157 staff on the payroll, making it one of the largest employers in the area.

In June the company was given the green light to get going on the redevelopment of Wilton Park and the firm also won consent to build 1,700 new homes, offices and a school on Tesco’s former headquarters in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Cheshunt Lakeside will be the Buckinghamshire developer’s largest regeneration project to date.

It will bring 1,000 new jobs into the area.

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