Could ‘grot spot’ site get a new lease of life?

Ringwood House, Walton Street, Aylesbury. Grot spot
Ringwood House, Walton Street, Aylesbury. Grot spot

A run-down town centre site featured in The Bucks Herald’s Grot Spot campaign could soon be redeveloped.

Ringwood House in Walton Street was singled out for criticism last year, with Aylesbury residents complaining of graffiti on the walls, broken windows and piles of rubbish.

But a planning application has been lodged to provide 31 homes there, complete with car parking, access and amenity space.

Ringwood House is a 1980s office block close to the railway line, Conservative Club and magistrates court.

Aylesbury Town Council has not objected to the scheme, but another objector wrote to Aylesbury Vale District Council claiming that the site is useful for small and medium sized companies, and should be kept for that use.

Another letter offered support for the project, saying that the site has become an eyesore and the proposal should be welcomed.

The council strategic development control committee will decide whether to approve the plans on Friday.

A planning application to build homes at Ringwood House was rejected in 2007, but last year at the height of our campaign new homes were still being considered.

Speaking last year, a spokesman for the building’s then-managing agent BNP Paribas, said: “Following the previous refusal there are issues that need to be addresses for it to come forward as residential.

“That scheme is currently being reviewed.

“Depending on the feasibility it will be up to the owner to decide whether to take it forward.”