A High Wycombe block of flats that a housing association says has come to the "end of its life" could be demolished and completely revamped.

Red Kite says it is "looking at options" to replace Chartridge House in Windrush Drive - because the building is no longer fit for purpose.

There is a possibility the plans will also include parts of St Hughs Avenue and other parts of Windrush Drive, but no decision has been made yet. 

Seventy-eight residents currently live in the affected area - but Red Kite say they are being kept informed of the plans, which are only just being kick-started after they were first mentioned in 2013.

The housing association says it is starting to work with an architect to draw up some ideas, adding that the new scheme will aim to provide "high quality, fit for purpose homes for our community - homes that people can feel proud to live in".


Meetings were held with residents of the block on Wednesday, February 12, to discuss their future plans.

Demolition notices will be sent out to residents in the next few weeks, which are valid for up to seven years - but Red Kite has reassured those living there that they do not think they will be knocking the building down until after 2021.

Alan Keers, Red Kite’s deputy group chief executive, said: “We had a really good chat with local residents about this process and why we are doing this, for most these plans will not have come as a surprise.

"This was a great opportunity to reassure them that they will always be involved at each stage of our plans and that everyone will be spoken to individually and their needs considered.

“We know that Chartridge House has come to the end of its life, so we now look to the future, to try and build homes that local people really need.”

Cllr Julia Wassell said she was invited to Red Kite HQ for a briefing about the plans - adding that the building is "no longer fit for its longstanding purpose of sheltered housing".

She said: "My main concern is for older and disabled residents, but they have been informed and were expecting this.

"We had a wide ranging discussion and all residents and residents nearby will be kept up to date and supported.

"Those affected will have a package of support for their rehousing and choice of future accommodation. I will be visiting residents this week to hear concerns."

The Chartridge House redevelopment in the latest major project by Red Kite - who in December last year finally got permission for the £40 million Castlefield ‘star blocks’ regeneration.