Next phase for Buckingham’s Prebend House

Buckingham Civic Award nominations.Prebend House.'110511M-B462
Buckingham Civic Award nominations.Prebend House.'110511M-B462

THE restoration of one of Buckingham’s landmark buildings is to enter its next phase.

The University of Buckingham has submitted plans to restore Prebend House and convert the neighbouring Coach House into residential accommodation.

The application follows the revamping of the outside of Prebend House back to its former glory.

Plans include turning the house into an academic centre to accommodate the Max Beloff Centre for the Study of Liberty, which will incorporate professors of law, philosophy and economics.

The Coach House will be fully repaired and the first floor, which is currently structurally unsound, will be converted into a one bedroom flat for visiting professors or dignitaries.

The application has received the support of Buckingham Town Council’s planning committee, which approved it at a meeting on Monday night.

Committee vice-chairman, Paul Hirons, said the council had confidence the university would do a good job.

He said: “Prebend House enhances the university and the town.

“There is nothing better than having a historic building find a new use which will carry it through the new century rather than it becoming a mausoleum.”

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s development control committee will make a decision on the application on a date to be decided.