New Friars Square Shopping Centre apartment complex given approval

How the Friars Square apartments will look
How the Friars Square apartments will look

Innovative plans to build 50 new apartments above Aylesbury’s Friars Square Shopping Centre have been given the green light.

The move will see a complete revamp of the current 26,000 sq ft 1960s building located just off Market Square, following its approval by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Included in the plans are an additional floor with five penthouses, which will have ‘exceptional views of the surrounding countryside’, according to the applicants.

The proposals, submitted by Leybourne Homes on behalf of Friars Square asset managers Grosvenor, also include a number of apartments allocated to social renting and shared ownerships.

Two people officially objected to the plans over fears of the impact on parking in the old town. However, the redevelopment includes the creation of 40 new undercover spaces for residents.

Grosvenor’s Helen Griffin said the plans will bring further ‘vitality and activity’ to the area.