Portland Gardens is a sizeable chunk of land in effect “hidden” in the centre of Marlow, as shown in the Google Maps extract (bounded by Portland’s Alley on the left, West Street at the top, and the High Street on the right – and currently accessed via the lane to the right of Baroosh)
The land currently contains six terraced houses, six semi-detached houses and two detached houses , and had been owned by John Lewis Partnership who some time ago had intentions to develop a supermarket.
However, Wycombe District Council has specifically earmarked the area for new housing, and developer Crest Nicholson has acquired the land and submitted plans for 63 new homes, as well as the modification of the 6 terraced houses known as “Portland Villas”
If planning permission is granted all existing properties except the six Portland Villas will be demolished – all residents are rental tenants and have been evicted.
The new development will contain a mixture of private homes and affordable homes.
Access will be via Malthouse Way (ie part of the brewery redevelopment)
The plans have evoked quite a response so far – positive and negative.
Examples of postive responses:
“There is a real need for housing in the Marlow area and a development of this kind will
provide a variety of accommodation for all age groups”
“…The site has often been subject to fly tipping not helped by the lack of proper street lighting and the fact that it is an unmade road without pavements or boundaries. ….Some of the current properties are in a dilapidated state with single glazing/poor insulation. the drains have often been blocked here and the electricity has failed on many occasions; clearly new infrastructure needs to be implemented……..”
“The refurbishment of Portland Villas and proposed new buildings are in keeping with the architectural style of Marlow and will sit well with the adjacent Brewery Development”
An example objection, in this case from the Chiltern Society
“With its many detached houses, this proposal is more suitable for a suburban site. It adds nothing to the centre of Marlow. The provision of public pedestrian routes through the scheme is inadequate. The layout is inward looking and defensive. It might just as well be a gated development. This is the last large undeveloped site in the centre of Marlow. It is a missed opportunity”
To look at the plans yourself – there is a lot to wade through – 98 documents at time of writing – then visit publicaccess.wycombe.gov.uk and search for Ref. No: 14/07196/FUL.
*UPDATE* Details of the houses are now available at: https://www.crestnicholson.com/developments/portland-gardens/