Windsor End, Beaconsfield

Built on the site of a disused orchard, this site presented a scarce opportunity to reuse land within Beaconsfield Old Town for new family homes.

The 0.7 hectare development sits in the shadow of a Grade II listed church and shares boundaries with the historic Hall Barn Grade II* Historic Garden and greenbelt land, so a high degree of sensitive community consultation was required to obtain planning for 13 homes.

Beaconsfield Windsor End Orchard GreenConstructive pre-application discussion and negotiation took place with a number of local groups, along with the Council’s Conservation Officer and English Heritage. This allowed early identification of site features and constraints as well as possible opportunities.

The architecture and elevational details were designed to enhance the conservation area and the development incorporates high specification, quality materials.

Key local stakeholders, including the residents of a nearby nursing home and the organisers of the local market held in Windsor End, were engaged and listened to so that their concerns could be addressed and disruption kept to a minimum.

A significant yew hedge and existing pond, along with a number of protected trees, were carefully protected and maintained throughout the build process to soften the development’s impact on the surrounding ecology.

Due to the highly desirable location and successful anticipation of the housing preferences of the local community, the properties attracted considerable interest from a very early stage and were marketed through sealed bids.

All but one home sold at the launch weekend and many homes attracted long waiting lists. The final house was sold soon after.

The average price per square foot achieved was unprecedented even in this highly sought-after commuter village and exceeded all initial expectations and local agents’ valuations.

The final result is a bespoke development which makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and provided a unique opportunity to develop high quality and aspirational family homes in Beaconsfield Old Town.