New flats are ‘not suitable for families’

The Riverside Development in Buckingham.'110810M-B394
The Riverside Development in Buckingham.'110810M-B394
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SEVENTY-SEVEN apartments in the new Riverside development on Buckingham’s Bridge Street will be ‘affordable housing’, the Advertiser learned this week.

But town mayor Mike Smith questioned whether this would help the 160 Buckingham people on the housing waiting list.

The housing development, by the Guinness Partnership, will comprise 47 one-bedroom flats, 53 two-bedroom flats and three mews houses.

There is also provision for a cafe and a single retail unit on the site.

Twenty-six of the one and two-bedroom units will be offered for sale on the open market by Lagan Homes.

Of the remainder, 32 will be available for social rent, 35 for intermediate rent and 10 for shared ownership.

Councillor Smith said “Although I am pleased that the development may now provide some of the affordable housing shortfall in Buckingham, I am concerned as to its suitability for young families.”

He pointed out that plans for the development’s landscaping included balancing ponds.

And he said: “This feature, coupled with the close proximity of the river and the treacherous exit from the site into the ever-busy and narrow Bridge Street, will in my view present untold risks to those with young children.”