Wilton Park is the former Ministry of Defence School of Languages site in a prime location to the East of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Having made a strategic purchase of adjacent land in 2012 Inland Homes was acknowledged as a special purchaser for this 100-acre development site.
A significant factor in enabling the wider Wilton Park redevelopment to take place is the need for a relief road around Beaconsfield. Local action groups and the community have been seeking this key piece of infrastructure for 25 years and Inland Homes has been able to generate the necessary momentum for the delivery for this road and have now secured planning permission for the first tranche of the Beaconsfield relief road to be built on our site.
A planning application has recently been submitted for the wider redevelopment and prior to lodging this Inland Homes undertook a lengthy and extremely detailed consultation exercise to ensure that the requirements of numerous local stakeholders were met. Working closely with local residents, councillors, action groups and committee members, the planning application has sought to address the issues and concerns that have been raised which should greatly assist the planning process and timetable for an approval.
Savills have described the Wilton Park site as 'one of the finest development opportunities in Southern England' and is steeped in history. Prior to 1968 the site had housed a three story Georgian Palladian Mansion constructed in 1779 as a substantial family home, however the role of the mansion changed, having been requisitioned by the War Office during World War II.
From 1939 Wilton Park became an open political prison with over 4,000 ex-German soldiers spending time there as part of a process to rehabilitate former Nazi Officers and discuss the ideals of establishing a democratic Germany.
Wilton Park then continued to be occupied by the army and latterly the Defence School of Languages when it was decided that a 16-storey tower block should be erected in place of the mansion house which was demolished in 1968.
Inland Homes has spent several years evolving the master plan for Wilton Park and the proposals include the demolition of the unsightly tower block which is regarded by many as a local eye sore and to rebuild the Georgian Palladian Mansion to house luxury apartments and townhouses in its original location. The re-establishment of this important historical building has proven very popular with local residents and we look forward to seeing this particular part of the development take place.
In total, this exemplar development will comprise 350 homes together with 23,000 sq ft of commercial and community buildings offering local retail convenience facilities, community space and Air Training Corps facility, a children's nursery and offices, the gross development value of which is expected to be approximately £350 million.
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Inland Homes' acute ability to strategically acquire land
Our relationship with tenants through working with, amongst others, the Air Training Corps
Working with the local community and action groups