Builders set out their stalls for town

Overhead plan of the Tingewick Road, Buckingham development. Hallam Land Management. PNL-140207-104533001
Overhead plan of the Tingewick Road, Buckingham development. Hallam Land Management. PNL-140207-104533001

Developers proposing to build 772 new homes have pitched their latest plans to councillors.

Representatives from five developers – Bellway, Bellcross, Taylor Wimpey, Robert Swan and Hallam Land Management – presented their development proposals to Buckingham Town Council on Monday, for four schemes in the town.

Bellway and Bellcross Homes presented their plans to build 150 homes on an 11-hectare site off Moreton Road, to the west of two earlier phases of development.

Mitigating the impact of transport from the scheme remained a ‘big issue’ for councillors and the inclusion of sports pitches on a four-and-a-half hectare site north of the development was described as a ‘selling tool’ for the homes.

Councillor Warren Whyte said: “I’m flabbergasted there has been no attempt to make it palatable.”

Taylor Wimpey has put together a re-application for 86 homes in Tingewick Road after it withdrew plans at the start of the year. The three-storey ‘frontage design’ of the development remains an issue for the council which has asked for ‘good architecture’.

The proposal, which includes 14 affordable homes, was commended for including a riverside walk, as part of the section 106 agreement.

Councillors asked for Taylor Wimpey to consider spreading out the affordable homes to avoid creating ‘a ghetto’.

A presentation on behalf of Robert Swan, for 86 homes along the A422, received a green light from councillors to build on its plans and return at the next full council meeting on August 18.

If given final planning approval, the homes would all be south-facing in a bid to gain from solar energy. Councillors described the prospect as ‘bringing some innovation to the town’.

The final developer, Hallam Land Management, on behalf of New College Oxford, updated councillors on its 450-home proposal.

The development, based either side of Tingewick Road, includes a 100-year cemetery and allotment.

Councillors said a full archaeological dig of the site should be carried out and commended the developers for including larger homes with gardens.