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High Wycombe town centre masterplan

8. Suffield Hill Phase 3

Scheme overview

Where:

Old Gas Works Site, High Wycombe

When:

Construction Aug 2018 to Feb 2019

Status:

Detailed Design

Summary:

Construction of a new link road through the old Gas Works Site – the road is being constructed by Inland Homes alongside their new residential development

Developer:

Inland Homes plc

Contact:

01494 762450

Project Manager - Russell Ayres (Inland Homes plc) from November 2017

About the project

The new link road is a key component to the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan, linking the A404 Marlow Hill to the A40 West Wycombe Road via the old Gas Works site and Westbourne Street. Creating the new route is part of an ambitious, long term project – a ‘Masterplan’ which is set to transform the town centre with major improvements for the future. When all the pieces are put into place, the alternative route will help to reconnect the old and new parts of the town and create a strong mix of shopping, leisure and employment activities.

View current and planned road closures as part of the High Wycombe Town Centre Masterplan.

View current and planned car parking changes in High Wycombe Town Centre during construction works.

New Link Road

The new link road named Suffield Hill will be constructed by Inland Homes plc as part of their commitment and agreements with Buckinghamshire County Council and Wycombe District Council to build on the old Gas Works site.

We are currently working together with Inland Homes plc and Wycombe District Council on the finalised construction plan which will be posted on this website in due course. The construction works for the development site is planned to begin from this Summer subject to planning conditions and infrastructure agreements.

The new link road is estimated to begin construction from Autumn 2018 until March 2019.

Consultation

The public consultation period for the Alternative Route Phase 3 is now closed having run between 20 January and 17 February 2017.  During this time we engaged with key stakeholders and members of the public to highlight key design features and restrictions as part of the construction project, taking the opportunity to fine tune some elements of the design planned to be constructed later this year.

Changes to Parking on Suffield Road

We are aware that the removal of the parking bays on Suffield Road is a major concern to many visitors and local residents and that parking in other areas will result in an increase to people’s journey times.

The proposed changes are necessary to ensure the road layout becomes an integral part of the High Wycombe road network. Construction work on the old Gas Works site will deliver both a new mixed-use retail and residential development and a new link road to tie into the existing street network in High Wycombe. This link road is a key component of the many changes for High Wycombe in the years ahead and it remains crucial to meeting future needs of the town centre.

Officers at both Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) and Wycombe District Council (WDC) have looked in depth at the design of the new link road and the rest of the alternative route, and carefully considered the relationship between it and both the existing and new residential properties. Although we appreciate that it will inconvenience some residents and visitors to the town centre, we have concluded that the removal of the current on-street parking south east of Rutland Street is required.

As a result up to 17 parking bays in this area will be removed once the new link road a Phase 4 works are finally completed.

Current vs proposed parking arrangements on Suffield Road

Although on street parking will be reduced in this particular area as a result of these works, existing on street parking options will remain further east on Queen Alexandra Road as well the surrounding streets such Suffield Road beyond Rutland Street, Wendover Street and West End Street. The car parks at Desborough Road and Eden also remain close by for some users.

Further investigations into parking loss mitigation is still underway by the Project Team. Updates to follow.

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Last updated: 25 August 2017

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