Plan for houses on Ford Meadow

Buckingham Town Football Club following plans for housing.'111011M-D123
Buckingham Town Football Club following plans for housing.'111011M-D123

A PLANNING application to build 10 to 15 luxury homes on Ford Meadow could be expected early in the new year, Buckingham Town Council’s planning committee heard this week.

Councillors and members of the public heard a presentation by Ron Henry, of developers Lanndia, about proposals for the land, which was formerly home to Buckingham Town Football Club.

“A lot of questions, and not many answers,” was the verdict of committee chairman Warren Whyte following the presentation.

And he said the developers had not offered anything to the town to make up for the loss of the football club.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury said: “If they put a formal planning application in, this will be on land within the flood plain.

“My personal view is this development is probably in the wrong place and unlikely to be received sympathetically by residents. It would be another development placed within a fragile area in which the Great Ouse does flood.

“They told us they were likely to excavate half of the football pitch as a water displacement area and they thought it was an ideal water frontage site.”

“As a council member, I now await the next move of the developers.”

Chairman of Buckingham Town Football Club Vince Hyde attended the meeting.

He said: “My impression was the bloke didn’t have a clue.

“Councillors pointed out the water had been 8ft deep on the football pitch three times in the last 12 years.

“If he’s got any sense, he’ll realise it’s a non-starter.”

Councillors also pointed out that Ford Street is narrow, and the exit onto the main road is steep, but Mr Henry said there would be fewer vehicles than used the access on match days and a safety audit would be carried out.”