‘Big step’ for town centre revamp proposals

View - The Old Police Station in Exchange Street
View - The Old Police Station in Exchange Street

Plans to revitalise Aylesbury town centre have taken a ‘big step forward’ – with building work due to start in spring 2015.

Aylesbury Vale District Council, which is working in partnership with Bucks County Council on the Waterside North scheme, approved plans to demolish an number of buildings to make way for a temporary surface car park.

The former county council offices and the former police station and superintendant’s house in Walton Street and Exchange Street will be partially demolished.

The demolitions, which received no official objections, will clear the way for a 98 space surface car park, which will make up for spaces lost when the Exchange Street car park is remodeled for phase two of the project.

A planning application has also been submitted for this part of the scheme, which will result in a ‘mixed use’ space for leisure and eating out opening up the area close to Judges Lodgings with a new town square.

There will also be a number of flats above the new restaurant and cafe units close to the cinema.

Teresa Lane, head of town centre management and Ian Boll, head of property on behalf of AVDC, said in a joint statement: “This is a big step forward in the redevelopment of Aylesbury town centre. The front of the old county offices – and the police station building on the corner – will remain and form a key feature of the redevelopment, with only those parts that offer no easy or viable re-use options demolished.

“Removing these buildings open up the opportunities to use the site and actually enhance the heritage, by making the Grade II listed Judges’ Lodgings more visible, with better lighting and access.

“Initial discussions with potential restaurants tenants have been extremely positive and subject to planning approvals, it should be possible to have a number of pre-let arrangements in place by time work starts in spring 2015.”