Green light for innovative housing in Wycombe
An innovative proposal to provide single storey homes for older people in High Wycombe was given the green light by Wycombe District Council’s planning committee last night.
The proposed development is for 40 park homes at Bassetsbury Triangle, close to The Rye. The site is owned by the council who have stated that they intend to use the land to help ease local housing need by providing more homes that are more affordable to more people.
Single storey homes for older people are seeing the fastest growth in demand but yet remain the most neglected sector of the housing market. As a result this kind of accommodation is in strong demand.
In a prime location close to transport links and facilities along the London Road the Bassetsbury Triangle site is right next to the open space of Funges Meadow and close to The Rye.
Part of the two hectare site was used as a municipal tip back in Victorian times. The ground conditions at Bassetsbury Triangle are unsuitable for conventional housing which would need deep piling as foundations.
Instead of bricks and mortar homes, the Bassetsbury Triangle proposal is based on park homes which are manufactured off site reducing both the time and cost of building these new homes, and construction traffic. The homes arrive in two sections, and are then installed on site on a concrete base.
The development will provide 40 new homes for Chiltern Rangers – a social enterprise which works with local communities to provide practical habitat management of the woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams in the Chilterns area.
A two week public consultation about the scheme was held in February this year and feedback from this consultation was used to shape the planning application. Details are on the council’s website (search for Bassetsbury Triangle) and you can see the planning application at https://councillors.wycombe.gov.uk/documents/s32807/181212%20-%201806767FUL%20Report.pdf