Lord Rothschild’s Waddesdon housing scheme approved

Artist's impression of an 'early indicative visualisation of the interior qualities of the proposal' by the Rothschild Foundation

Artist's impression of an 'early indicative visualisation of the interior qualities of the proposal' by the Rothschild Foundation

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Plans for a major housing development in Waddesdon conceived by Lord Rothschild have been given the green light, despite fears over their impact on traffic and infrastructure.

Seventy-five properties are proposed by The Rothschild Foundation for two sites at Golden Mede and Warmstone Lane.

They include two bedroom flats to five bed detached houses, with the majority being two or three bedroom houses.

A document submitted on behalf of the application said: “This project is the result of a long process initially conceived by Lord Rothschild and the Rothschild Foundation to create a legacy for Waddesdon and as a response to the lack of quality and consideration that is seen in some speculative housing development in the UK.”

However, Waddesdon Parish Council objected to the scheme on the grounds of traffic impact and concerns over the design of the homes.

There were 18 letters of objection, with criticisms including the additional pressures the new homes would put on local schools and health services.

The new homes, which were approved by councillors subject to technical details, will be developed on two plots, which will be linked with each other and the rest of the village by pedestrian pathways.

The design proposal ‘centres on a shared central woodland glade with links between gardens the woodland and far reaching views to the fields beyond’.

The Rothschild design team said it was influenced by housing styles in Denmark , in particular sloping roofs. However, feedback from the public that materials more in keeping with the surroundings of Waddesdon should be used, was also taken into account.