£500,000 funding to clean up disused land for more affordable homes

Wycombe District Council has today been awarded £500,000 from the Land Release Fund (LRF), to help clean up a disused site in High Wycombe to make way for new, more affordable homes.

The LRF, which was launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government last year, aims to fund site remediation and small-scale infrastructure projects that will help bring sites forward for housing that could not otherwise be developed.

The £500,000 funding secured by Wycombe District Council will be used to improve ground conditions at the Bassetsbury Triangle site on Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe. The sub-strata conditions at Bassetsbury Triangle mean that it is not feasible to develop the site for conventional housing. Instead, the council is proposing to develop the site for 40 single-storey park homes, so as to provide a more affordable form of housing for more people, particularly those looking to downsize.

The proposals were recently the subject of a public consultation, ahead of a planning application submission which will reflect local residents' concerns about traffic impact and ecology.

Cllr Katrina Wood, Leader of Wycombe District Council, said: “We always knew that remediation works to bring the Bassetsbury Triangle site back into use would be costly, so it’s great news that we’ll be getting a helping hand through our successful bid from the LRF. We need to make the best use of available sites to provide much needed, more affordable housing for local people.”

In his letter to the council confirming the funding, Dominic Raab MP, Minister of State for Housing, said: “We are looking forward to working with you to progress Bassetsbury, which will release much needed land for new homes, and I welcome the ambitious plans for growth set out in your bid.”

Find out more about the council’s proposals for the Bassetsbury Triangle: new homes plans