A London developer is set to revamp a historic brewery site in Amersham after a proposal was presented to residents.

The Maltings in Old Amersham, a Grade II listed complex, has acted as offices, light industrial units and a gallery since the days of malt making for beer brewing.

Now developers hope to transform the site with a residential scheme including 48 new homes in the existing listed buildings, and through demolition of non-historic buildings, “which have had a detrimental effect on the heritage asset.”

The proposed new homes will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom houses and apartments.

Andrew Ryley, director of planning at DLBP Ltd, said: “Careful consideration of the design has sought to protect the heritage interest and settings of the buildings and to limit any impacts on the surrounding area. 

“Currently, 66 parking spaces are proposed to ensure that all of the new homes will have at least one parking space with the larger three-bedroom homes having two spaces, along with visitor spaces and areas for delivery and servicing vehicles. 

“Matters of flood risk, ecology and arboriculture have all been considered to ensure all planning policies and guidance will met, and construction activity will be carefully managed to minimise the impact on the surrounding area. 

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“We intend to submit a full planning and listed building consent application in the summer with a decision by Buckinghamshire Council anticipated later this year."

The proposal includes three new buildings, car parking, new landscaping and associated works with design by local Jane Duncan Architects.

Also a team of specialist advisors across heritage, transport, flooding and arboriculture were consulted to ensure the “treasured site will be preserved and rejuvenated”.

Majority of the existing trees on site will be retained, while the design seeks to provide a proportional level of flood protection and new drainage capacity to mitigate flood risk, DLBP Ltd said in a letter sent to residents on June 8.

After the proposal was posted on yourAmersham Facebook group by a resident, tens of others shared their opinion about the plan.

Some were concerned about possible congestion on nearby roads in Old Town, and the car parking capacity.

One comment said: “It is a beautiful site and needs love and restoration. And I guess we need more smaller local housing. Still access and facilities will always be an issue and the parking doesn’t seem nearly enough.”

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