Hamptons Beaconsfield: Relocation & Renovation Guide

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Beaconsfield Relocate & Renovate Design & Build, Schools, Eating out, Health Clubs, Shopping & more

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A very warm welcome to Beaconsfield and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.

You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded towns in England. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population.

Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.

Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.

Yours sincerely,

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6 Contents Interview: Mark Welsh p.4 About Beaconsfield p.9 Local Schools p.14 Interview: Concierge p.16 Fun for the kids p.18 Interview: Clover-House p.20 Map of Beaconsfield p.22 Interview: Knights p.24 Complete Fitted Bedrooms p.26 IQ Glass p.28 Pub’s & Live Music p.30 Interview: Mapridge Design p.32
7 Health & Fitness p.34 Interview: Beaconsfield Carpets p.36 Artisan Cafe’s p.38 Marlow Garden Rooms p.40 Highstreet Hotspots p.42 Theatres & venues p.43 Inhabitat Archtiects p.44 Independent Boutiques p.46 Places to Eat p.48 Social Media p. 50 Council Contacts p.52 Contents
I N H A B I T A T A R C H I T E C T S W E D E S I G N S P A C E S T H A T E M B R A C E H U M A N E M O T I O N S L E T ' S C R E A T E Y O U R D R E A M H O M E I N H A B I T A T D E S I G N S T U D I O S 1 T H A M E S S I D E W I N D S O R B E R K S H I R E S L 1 4 Q S t 0 1 7 5 3 4 2 4 2 7 0 / 0 7 9 1 9 6 8 6 5 2 7 e i n f o @ i n h a b i t a t - a r c h i t e c t s . c o . u k w h t t p s : / / i n h a b i t a t - a r c h i t e c t s . c o . u k Click here to read the interview

Beaconsfield

Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Beaconsfield.

Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Beaconsfield you have already won. A home in this great town with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of millions of Britains. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning and building control, read tips on where to shop and eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home. A big WELCOME and enjoy.

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HISTORY

Originally known as ‘Bekenesfeld’ this very old picturesque market town set on the East Flank of the Chilterns. With a rich history which can be seen in the buildings and architecture, dating back as far as 1185. It lies within the civil parish and authority of Buckinghamshire.

Adding to this the new town has seen significant growth to encourage homes built to the very highest quality. One of the most sought after locations in the UK to live and for very good reason- properties in Beaconsfield will always command a premium price.

In the Victorian era, the town was the home constituency of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1868 and then again from 1874 until 1880 (in fact his home, Hughenden Manor is in the nearby town of High Wycombe).

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This little town is divided into the old and the new. The ‘Old Town’ presents a well-kept and gracious main street with some interesting shops and pubs, while the compact little ‘new town’ is also a pleasant place for browsing.

The town is located on Junction 2 of the M40 less than 25 miles northwest of the centre of London. The town’s train station is served by Chiltern Railways who run regular trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone.

The Old Town to the south is at a crossroads and each of the broad converging streets is fronted by rows of Georgian brick facades, old coaching inns, and mock-Tudor houses. This is the cultured setting for a market on Tuesdays, as well as pubs, a cosmopolitan line-up of restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops. In the new town by the train station is the oldest model village in the world, founded in 1929, while the Royal Standard of England Pub claims to be the oldest free house in the UK. You can plan days out at museums, open farms, and National Trust properties like Cliveden, and in June the Chiltern Shakespeare Company performs in the open air at the beautiful Hall Barn estate.

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Old Beaconsfield, to the south of the new settlement, is a fine piece of old-fashioned rural England, complete with a parish church, a green, pubs and tea rooms.

The centrepiece is crossroads where the London, Windsor, Wycombe and Aylesbury “Ends meet”. What will hit you is how wide these roads are, a holdover from the time that drovers marched livestock by the thousands to the town and on to London.

The flat brick frontages in Old Beaconsfield are Georgian, some concealing far older properties, alongside some pretty mock Tudor and neo-Georgian houses.

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Within a stone’s throw of the capital, Beaconsfield may top ‘most expensive’ lists, but the period properties, nearby country walks and good gastro scene make it a corker.

FAMOUS RESIDENTS

Beaconsfield and the surrounding area has been a home to writers, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names you may or may not know..

James Corden (born 1978) actor and TV presenter, lived in Beaconsfield until 2009.

Sir Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) –writer, was born and brought up in Beaconsfield.

Famous names in Beaconsfield and surrounding areas

Enid Blyton (1897–1968) – writer who lived for most of her life in Green Hedges. Noted for creating the Famous Five, Noddy and Big ears and many more childrens favourites

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) – writer, is buried in Beaconsfield. There is a blue plaque on his former home in Burkes Road.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881) – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice between 1868 and 1880 was created Earl of Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria in 1876

Peter Jones (born 1966) – entrepreneur and star of Dragon’s Den lives in Beaconsfield with his wife and children.

Sir Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) – writer, was born and brought up in Beaconsfield.

Bert Weedon (1920–2012) – guitarist

Piers Paul Read (born 1941) – novelist and non-fiction author, was born in Beaconsfield.

Anne Main (born 1957) – former MP for St Albans, Hertfordshire, is from Beaconsfield originally.

James Corden (born 1978) – actor and TV presenter, lived in Beaconsfield until 2009.

Molly Templeton (born 1989) – grew up in the town, before achieving fame on YouTube.

Zoë Ball (born 1970) – TV presenter, grew up in Beaconsfield.

Robert Frost (1874–1963) poet, moved to Beaconsfield with his family in 1912.

Chris Harris (born 1975) – automotive journalist and automotive racing driver, was born in Beaconsfield.

Piers Paul Read (born 1941) – novelist and non-fiction author, was born in Beaconsfield.

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Schools & Nurseries

Whereour children spend most of their weekdays and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list to make your life a little bit easier. Most local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your preffered options before making that final important decision.

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Beaconsfield High School

is a centre of excellence for education and beyond, an establishment dedicated to discovering and developing the abundance of individual potential within its modern, diverse, inclusive and dynamic community.

Secondary school -Mixed

Age 11-18

Wattleton Rd

01494 673043

www.beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Alfriston School

Boarding available 3 nights a week and special encouragement within 4 houses with a points system for achievement on all levels ..

Special education school Girls only 11-18

Penn Rd 01494 673740

www.alfristonschool.com

Holtspur School

They are a friendly, single form entry school in Beaconsfield, at the heart of the community of Holtspur and are fortunate to have excellent grounds and facilities, with a Children’s Centre and a Pre-School on site.

Primary school and pre school age 4-11

Cherry Tree Rd 01494 674325

www.holtspursch.co.uk

Little Oaks Beaconsfield

The first step from home; a happy and enjoyable experience; a place to flourish and grow; a chance to have fun and make friends’ Staff engage children’s interests well and encourage them to participate in a good range of activities. They help children learn to play alongside others, to share and take turns in games.

Mixed age 2 upwards

Saint Michaels Church Hall, St Michael’s Green 01494 671228

www.little-oaks.org

Butlers Court School

Primary school

Mixed age 4-11

Wattleton Road

Beaconsfield

HP9 1RW 01494 673538

www.butlerscourt.bucks.sch.uk

Davenies school

Davenies Boys Preparatory School, 73 Station Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1AA 01494 685400

https://www.davenies.co.uk

High March School

A warm welcome · nurturing ethos · high expectations · a stimulating environment · kindness & friendship · vibrant creativity. Ledborough La, Beaconsfield HP9 2PZ 01494 675186

https://highmarch.co.uk

St Marys and All Saints C of E School

St Mary & All Saints CofE Primary School

Maxwell Road

Beaconsfield

Bucks HP9 1RG

stmaryallsaints.co.uk

(01494) 673762

Brindleys Nursery

Brindley House, 4 Burkes Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1PB 01494 677061

beaconsfieldchildcare.co.uk

Dropmore Infant School

Dropmore Infant School is a small, friendly school in an idyllic rural setting that has educated children in the local area for over 200 years. Littleworth Road, Burnham, SL1 8PF

https://dropmoreinfant.eschools.co.uk/website

Interview with Andrew Sweeney

Concierge Property Maintenance believes that everyone deserves to live and work in a comfortable and pleasing environment.

We have a team of qualified craftsmen’s goal is to fulfil your property needs and requirements.

Tell us a little about ‘Concierge Property Maintenance’ it’s not your average renovation firm is it?

Well, the first thing to say is that we’re a Beaconsfield firm and look after some of the most prestigious homes in and around Buckinghamshire and Greater London. We also look after and maintain the homes of some of the most recognisable faces on TV and professional sport through our exclusive Concierge ‘Premier’ membership club. We offer a range of services from a handyman service to large building works. Our team genuinely cares about each client and treats every property as if it were our own.

What type of projects have you been working on recently?

Concierge undertakes a wide range of internal and external jobs including small jobs like building shelves and storage, or larger projects like new builds, extensions, and bathrooms. We also do routine house maintenance and upkeep like carpentry, painting and decorating, flooring, plumbing, electrical works, CCTV & Alarm services.

Have your client’s building project requests changed since Covid?

As people have been spending more time in their homes, their property requirements have shifted - many clients have been investing in home gyms, offices, home cinemas, indoor pools, personal golf studios and indoor boxing rings. Concierge aims to to make your home the ultimate haven and can deliver anything you can dream up.

Do you work with investors and landlords?

Absolutely- we work with many landlords and business owners. We take the stress and hassle away from any type of property maintenance or building project and will deliver the highest standard of work every time. We are available to sort out emergencies promptly such as fixing leaks, broken boilers, and dishwashers as well as offer a personal key holding service as well.

Looking back, is there a job that you are most proud of?

One of my favourite projects was the White Leaf extension and refurbishment project. See attached information and pictures regarding WhiteLeaf

Are you happy to give appraisals to Hamptons clients before they exchange?

Yes very happy to give appraisals to Hamptons clients

Concierge Property Maintenance

Kings Head House, 15 London End, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2HN

Tel: 01494 702099

Email: hello@conciergepropertymaintenance.co.uk

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EXPERT INTERVIEW

Fun for the kids

Buckinghamshire is a county filled with fun activities, guaranteed to keep all ages entertained and with plenty of family-friendly accommodation and places to eat.

For something a little more active, enjoy a family challenge at High Wycombe Treasure Hunt Trail, or meet the friendly animals at Odds Farm Park.

With cow milking, animal racing, bottle-feeding kid goats, egg collecting and much more - this a perfect day out for all the family! Pair this with a trip to Burnham Beeches, a National Nature Reserve which is full of beautiful woodland and wildlife. Perfect for dog walking and picnicking.

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Bekonscot Model Village

Worlds first model village and railway fun for all ages

Warwick Road.Beaconsfield, HP9 2PL

Open 10 -5pm daily

www.bekonscot.co.uk

Odds Farm park

Outdoor family fun lots of friendly animals to meet and Exciting seasonal activities

Wooburn Common Road, Wooburn

Common,High Wycombe,Buckinghamshire

HP10 0LX

01628 520188

main@oddsfarm.co.uk

Cliveden Gardens and Maze

This is a treat for active families,plenty to do including family boat hire and scenic cruises.

Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 0JA

01628 605069

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

Cocksherd Bluebell Wood

A charming local nature reserve supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna and known locally as Bluebell Wood.

Frarnham Lane, Britwell, Berkshire, SL2 2EW

01753 475111

www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/ woods/cocksherd-wood/ Magnet Leisure Centre

The multi-purpose leisure centre has an eight lane competition swimming pool and ten court sports hall, perfect for your child to become a future sporting champion.

Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, Berkshire. sl68aw www.leisurecentre.com/braywick-leisure-centre.

High Wycombe Treasure Hunt Trail

Turn your day out with the kids in High Wycombe into a real adventure! Follow the clues along the High Wycombe Treasure Hunt Trail and find out where highwayman I Gotchaloot buried his loot.

The Rye, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1QX, 01872 263692

www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/buckinghamshire/high-wycombe

Marlow Garden Centre Soft Play

Marlow Garden Centre Soft Play offers a small but multi level adventure playframe which features all the cool fun features and super padded equipment

Pump Lane South, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3RB 01628 482716

www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

Aescwood Farm Childrens Riding School

The outstanding location enables indoor and outdoor riding experiences, including riding through Hodgemoor Wood.

Aescwood Farm, Rawlings Lane, Seer Green, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2RQ 01494 875 048

www.childrensridingschool.co.uk

Wycombe Rye Lido

Swimming outdoors at Wycombe Rye Lido is not only gloriously refreshing on a hot day, it can also boost wellbeing, aid sleep and increase metabolism if you brave a dip on cooler days too!

The Rye, Bassetbury Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1QX 01494 769472

www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/wycombe-rye-lido/

Chiltern Open Air Museum

The award winning Chiltern Open Air Museum is a great day out for families, with a 45 acre site to run around and explore.

Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB 01494 871117

www.coam.org.uk

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Design for life with Clover House

Tell us a little bit about Clover House Interior Design & Build?

We are a family run Interior Design and Build company with over twenty-two years of experience in property renovations and spatial interior design. With a unique range of skills and extensive industry contacts, we are the first choice for expert kitchen manufacturers and showrooms, who ask us to provide a service for their clients in preparation for their kitchens. Our work spans across the South East and London, with some projects reaching internationally, but the majority of our projects are as specialists in kitchen diner renovations. We have both lived in the local area our whole lives, having been involved in many community efforts over the years, and have two teenage children in local secondary schools. Our brand reflects how lucky we feel to have been able to contribute to the comfort and expansion of many people’s properties, and we want each and every client to feel the same. It is a real privilege when someone places their trust and confidence in you to help them realise and implement the dreams for their home.

One of your key strengths is in interior design and renovations of kitchen diner spaces and extensions, is demand as strong as ever?

We were a little concerned at the beginning of the first lockdown how the pandemic would affect the renovation and kitchen industry. But with all of us spending more time in our homes and travelling less, we have been inspired to renew our spaces and make them more comforting and colourful. The current interior design challenge is assessing the term ‘chronotopia’ which is about how we can adapt our spaces for multiple uses with the advanced technology we’re all experiencing. We are using our homes for relaxation, work, entertainment and exercise, and for all members of the family - this means there are different energies required for different times of the day. At Cloverhouse, we have most recently been asked to renovate bedrooms, create new spaces for home offices and the most popular projects are open plan kitchen renovations and extensions. We have also been involved with some really exciting bespoke furniture pieces for clients looking for exceptional storage solutions and individual pieces to suit their personalities.

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Contact us at: T: 01494 268143/ 07736 069788 E: info@clover-house.co.uk Beaconsfield. Buckinghamshire www.clover-house.co.uk

What kind of look would you say is most popular with your customers?

There isn’t so much a specific look with the projects we work on, as we encourage our clients to be brave with different styles and colours, and explore themes so that they connect with their personalities through their interiors. A lot of influence will come from the age of a property, so a more traditional kitchen may look better in a period property, but there are clever ways to add modern styles to older properties and vice versa. The industrial style has proven popular over the past couple of years, which is now blending with a mid-century style. A signature Cloverhouse theme is to ensure specific finishes are carried through with accessories, hardware and a mixture of unusual textures. We are also seeing a strong international influence on fabrics and textures which brings vibrant colours and patterns to soft furnishings and furniture. Whites and greys will always provide a solid back drop to most residential interiors, but now is the time to bring fun and a very personal energy to your individual spaces.

So, you are both business and marriage partners, what strengths do each of you bring to the table?

We have a real mix of skills and experience between us! Dean qualified as an electrician at the beginning of his career and worked with a vast range of kitchen and bathroom showrooms in residential and commercial applications. He is now involved in the project management side of the kitchen renovation projects, as well as having an overall view of the operational side of the business. I am a qualified interior designer, feng shui and colour consultant, and manage most of the projects that involve extensions. This creates a unique link between the relevant trades and design choices from the beginning of the project to completion. Our team of highly skilled trades people across carpentry, plumbing, electrics, plastering, flooring, decorating and the range of suppliers we collaborate with, ensure a quality finish and attention to detail, which remains the same regardless of the size and budget of a project.

Finally, just tell us your process from receiving that initial enquiry?

Customers can contact us via the website, by email, telephone, Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook where a number of our projects are showcased, and where you will see a vast range of tips and tricks to help you with your interior renovations. Once contact has been made, we arrange a survey or initial consultation to discuss the works required. We pride ourselves on quick turn arounds for surveys and quotations and are well known within the industry for providing very thorough information to our clients so that projects run smoothly and remain within budget. Once a quotation and scope of works is agreed, we book in all of the relevant trades for your project, and soon after that your dream project will be completed.

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Inside information with Knights of Beaconsfield

What is the background of your company?

Knights of Beaconsfield is an award winning Interior Design Practice and luxury retail showroom in Beaconsfield Old Town. The company is a family business which was established in 1958. We manufacture our own bespoke sofas, chairs and soft furnishings locally and our Interior Design department has recently been awarded the accolade of Best Interior Design Private Residence UK.

How would you best describe the Knights style?

Anyone coming to Knights should expect high end, quality furniture and accessories, opulent fabrics in an elegant contemporary style.

From a buying point of view, how do you go about identifying which items will most appeal to your local market?

We consider our market demographic, current trends and product that we source from around the world which we feel best suit our elegant contemporary style. It is important to understand our customers in order to stay at the forefront of the market.

For those about to complete on a house purchase or looking to buy. When is the best time for them to visit your store?

For clients looking to use our design service or who are looking for bespoke products, it is best to visit the store as soon as they can prior to completion. If it is a new build, or renovation, as early as possible after construction drawings have been produced. Usually, there is a lead time to most furniture items, some pieces are available straight away though most items, especially bespoke products, do have a lead time which should be considered when thinking about furnishing your home. The reality of shopping for bespoke products is very different than popping into a shop and taking the product home.

What is your most popular product line?

We showcase designer furniture from all the leading brands, including a large selection of stylish dining furniture, occasional tables and accessories. We are also proud makers of luxury bespoke sofas and chairs handmade in our own factory here in Buckinghamshire. All our bespoke sofas can be made to any size or as a corner sofa in over 5000 designer fabrics. As a leading manufacturer of bespoke upholstery, our most popular product line would be this. All our sofa designs can be viewed in store.

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INTERIOR DESIGN - BESPOKE

- FURNITURE - ACCESSORIES

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BEACONSFIELD’S LARGEST LUXURY FURNITURE STORE & AWARD WINING INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE. SET IN THE HEART OF BEACONSFIELD OLD TOWN, WITH 8,000 SQ FT OF BEAUTIFUL DISPLAYS TO INSPIRE. 45 LONDON END, OLD BEACONSFIELD, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HP9 2HW TELEPHONE: 01494 676976 WWW.KNIGHTSOFBEACONSFIELD.CO.UK MONDAY - SATURDAY 9AM-5:30PM SOFAS

Meet Joe Phillips at Complete Fitted Bedrooms

Tell us a little bit about the background of how your company was established?

Complete Fitted Bedrooms – a family run business - was established in 1987 by Richard Phillips. Richard wanted to move away from mass-produced standard fitted furniture which often resulted in design constraints. He was passionate about quality and service too and wanted to offer clients a truly bespoke design service and, more importantly, a bespoke product. The family business operates from three locations in Herefordshire & Buckinghamshire and is now run by his Son’s & Daughters, who have been involved since leaving school.

There’s something extra special about well-made fitted wardrobes and cabinets, which types of projects give you the most satisfaction?

We love the variety of the work we do. From helping busy families make the most of the space in their home to fulfilling a customer dressing room dream. Our most satisfying jobs are the ones where we can showcase our skills and expertise to enhance our customers home and lifestyle. The most satisfaction is seeing our customers reaction to the finished, totally bespoke product.

What can Hamptons clients expect when they appoint you to work on their home?

Our team of designers have a combined experience of over 140 years and are always striving to develop something new and innovative. They will happily meet you in your home or at one of our showrooms to demonstrate the product and discuss your proposed design. You will then be given the shortest possible lead time and all of our fit dates are guaranteed. Our qualified team of fitters will then take care of every detail to your complete satisfaction.

What type of materials do you work with?

Complete Fitted Bedrooms are proud that all our furniture is sourced from UK suppliers. As our product is bespoke, we can supply a wide range of colour carcasses and individually specified furniture interiors. Our doors can be ordered in many styles, colours and finishes to suit the customers design requirements. The materials we use can vary from a large array of materials from MFC Pressed finish, MDF Vinyl wrapped doors to sprayed or hand painted finishes. Out furniture is supplied with solid backs and draw bases and comes with soft close hinges and mechanisms as standard.

What’s the thing you enjoy most about running your company?

A large amount of our work is repeat customers or recommendations, which is testimony to the quality of work we produce. Every job we do is done with passion and pride. None of our customers are treated like a number or a postcode but more like family friends. The most enjoyable part is being able to continue helping previous customers with their home improvement plans and requirements over the years.

www.completefittedfurniture.com

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Are you looking for an efficient and specialist glazing company, able to provide your project with modern architectural glazing?

Whether you are looking for a thermally broken steel window or an ultra-slim sliding glass door, IQ Glass has been the UK’s leaders in the field of architectural glazing for over 15 years.

The IQ Glass showroom is based at Sky House, home to the UK’s largest glazing showroom based in Amersham. The newly renovated Sky House Design Centre is a one stop shop for everything residential design, from smart home automation systems to bespoke kitchen designers.

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IQ Glass supply and install some of the most pioneering architectural glass technology available today, including frameless structural glass assemblies and opening rooflight systems. Mixing technical glass solutions such as heated glass, privacy glass, and specialised glass coatings allow IQ Glass’ minimally framed glazing systems to be as functional as possible.

www.iqglassuk.com

hello@iqglassuk.com

01494 722 880

Sky House Design Centre, Raans Road, Amersham, HP6 6FT

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Places to wet your whistle

Put your feet up and enjoy food and drinks at your local pub or enjoy some of the best live music around. We’ve done some research of our own to give you a helping hand in making the ultimate, important decision about where to go in and around Buckinghamshire.

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The Swan

60 London End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JD

01494 673800

The Beech House

Homely pub with sofas and open fires, serving Mediterranean and British dishes plus breakfast.

17 Penn Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 2PN

https://www.beechhousebeaconsfield. co.uk/menu

The Royal Standard of England

Truly historic pub with nooks and crannies, gnarled timbers, worn flagstones and carved oak panels. Forty Green, Beaconsfield HP9 1XT

http://www.rsoe.co.uk/files/food-weekday. pdf

The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield

Set in a 15th-century coaching inn, this lavish hotel is in the centre of Beaconsfield, Wycombe End, Beaconsfield HP9 1LX 01494 673086

http://www.crazybeargroup.co.uk

The Hope & Champion

1A Windsor Road, Beaconsfield HP9 2SE 01494 685530

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/ all-pubs/england/buckinghamshire/ the-hope--champion-beaconsfield

Red Lion Pub Knotty Green

Georgian pub haunt of Enid Blyton now serving comfort food with log fires, old books and live music

Penn Rd, Knotty Green, Penn, Beaconsfield HP9 2TN

http://www.redlionknottygreen.pub

The Greyhound

33 Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JN 01494 671315

The Royal Saracens Head

6-8 London End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JH 01494 674119

The White Horse

70 London End Oxford Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JD 01494 360000

The Jolly Cricketers

Local ales, rustic pine tables and pews in a relaxed, dog-friendly inn with a modern gastropub menu. 24 Chalfont Rd, Seer Green, Beaconsfield HP9 2YG

The Three Horseshoes, Seer Green

22 Orchard Rd, Seer Green, Beaconsfield HP9 2XX

https://thethreehorseshoesatseergreen.co.uk

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Interview with Architect James Carr

What are the main misconceptions people have regarding using an architect?

A good architect will work with you to help achieve the aspirations you have for your home. There is often the assumption that this means spending more than your budget, or conceding to an outsider’s design taste, but nothing could be further from the truth.

I will always begin by asking questions in order to fully understand your aspirations and how I can use my experience and knowledge to bring them to life. Your budget is critical, and I will always work within what you are comfortable with spending. I will advise you on the value and implication of all design decisions, and how these might add value to your property, both personally and commercially.

On any project, the client is always ultimately in control. I am there to guide them through, achieve the very best design within their budget, and create a special and personal space for them to enjoy.

Are there any current trends in the nature of projects you are being commissioned to design?

Good design is timeless. That said, there is an increasing focus on sustainability, with people becoming more aware of the environmental impact of their lives and homes. This is no longer simply about maximising insulation and minimising energy use, it is also about understanding the materials involved. What is their carbon footprint? Are they local? As well as their longevity, maintenance and appearance. It is an exciting time for design, with constant innovation developing new, sustainable solutions for everyday problems.

Clients are also keen to maximise light and break down barriers between the inside and outside of their homes. As our planet becomes more urbanised, our human need for connection to nature influences our expectations for the places where we live and work.

What types of projects do you find the most fulfilling to work on?

All the projects I have worked on have been fulfilling in their own ways. The projects I have enjoyed most have been with passionate and involved clients, whatever their budgets. There is great joy in helping someone realise their design ideas, creating a space which makes them smile and enhances their and their families living environment for years to come.

How are design costings usually calculated on residential projects?

The budget is always critical. A limited initial budget may mean deciding which work gets done first (usually the intrusive, dirty stuff!) and deciding what can be done later when more funds become available. I work with two specialist cost consultants, who can provide detailed cost analysis throughout a project. This is particularly helpful on larger projects.

What encouragement would you give to potential clients who are hesitating to make that first call to an architect?

Undertaking work on your home can be daunting and complicated. An architect can give you guidance on statutory obligations, such as planning and building regulations, as well as ensuring that builders carry out work as required and expected.

I do not charge for an initial meeting and discussion at your home. This allows us to meet, see if we get on and discuss your aspirations. I can comment on what will be possible, what alternatives there might be that you haven’t considered, and explain the process through design, planning, building regulations, including finding a builder, and then construction. I can also discuss initial budgets and whether you might require other consultants such as structural engineers. I follow up our meeting with a letter setting out the discussion, timeframe, next steps and my proposed fee.

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Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body or just simply have a relaxing massage? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

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The Beacon Sports Centre

Holtspur Way

Holtspur

Beaconsfield HP9 1RJ

01494 677764

www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/south-bucks/the-beacon-sports-centre-and-theatre

K1 Fitness

Suite 1 & 2

Gregories Rd

Beaconsfield

HP9 1HQ

01494 623045

www.k1fitness.co.uk

David Lloyd Beaconsfield

Glory Mill Ln

Wooburn Green

High Wycombe

HP10 0BY

0345 125 7009

www.davidlloyd.co.uk/clubs/beaconsfield

Training Station

9 Gregories Rd

Beaconsfield

HP9 1HG

01494 675438

www.trainingstation.uk/

Genesis Gym MMA - High Wycombe

Treadaway Technology Centre

Treadaway Hill

Loudwater

High Wycombe

HP10 9RS

01628 484828

www.genesis-gym.com

Anytime Fitness Loudwater

Keystone House

Boundary Rd

Loudwater

Wooburn Green

High Wycombe

HP10 9PN

01628 870247

www.anytimefitness.co.uk/gyms/UK-0077/loudwater-england-hp10-9pn

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Interview with Matt King from Beaconsfield Carpets & Flooring

How did Beaconsfield Carpets and Flooring get started?

The company was originally formed in 1993, Daniel and Matthew, the current owners, took over in 2015 after their father (one of the original founders) retired. Daniel handles the installation of any flooring while Matthew serves customers in the shop.

What types of flooring do you sell aside from carpet?

We have a selection of engineered wood in various finishes for an authentic feeling as well as a range of resilient vinyl tiles, such as Karndean, which offer a contemporary twist to more traditional products. For the more budget conscious we also have a selection of sheet vinyl and laminate floors which offer great performance too.

What type of flooring would you say is the most popular right now?

While carpet remains the most popular type of flooring in British homes due to its comfort, warmth and practicality there has been a large increase in customers having hard flooring installed in the ground floor areas of their homes. Most people value practicality more than anything else and some form of wipeable/washable flooring in the living areas combines well with more cushioned/comfortable carpets in bedrooms.

What would you say is the most useful advice you could give to someone looking for new flooring?

Every type of flooring has its own benefits, but we are more than happy to explain all those potential benefits to you. If you are interested in new flooring the best thing to do is pop in to see us at our showroom in Beaconsfield or contact us and arrange a site visit. We are also happy to bring samples out to you if that is most convenient for you.

What would you say are the most prestigious products you sell?

We have a selection of custom-made carpet available that can be dyed to exactly the colour you want which can even be inlaid with custom bordering. Or you could choose to go for one of our luxury wooden or LVT floors with unique finishes you do not see on other products.

01494 671772

E-Mail - beaconsfieldcpts@aol.com www.beaconsfieldcarpets.co.uk

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Artisan Cafe’s

Prelibato

Prelibato is a place where you can spend time in a relaxed, friendly and home-like atmosphere without giving up on a warm and attentive service. Everything at Prelibato, from the furniture to the music we play, has been specifically chosen to make sure that our guests will feel like they would in an Italian Locanda.

11 Windsor End, Beaconsfield HP9 2JJ

01494 677544

The Cape

South African vibed café/eatery offering all day Breakfasts and the usual beverages but also roosterbrood sandwiches and authentic chargrilled meats and specialities like the boerewors burger.Try it today for something a bit different but amazing!

Station Road, Beaconsfield

HP91NN

01494 681137

Fego Restaurant Beaconsfield

Fego in Beaconsfield is a modern, allday eatery serving British favourites with genuine hospitality.

2 Station Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 2PB

https://hellofego.com

Air Raid Shelter Cafe and Tea Room

You can sit in to eat & drink in a bunker, classic car or even in the old southern railway train carriage.We aim to take you back to the 1940s with our cafe furnished and a menu to match. Tables can also be booked in advance

Unit 12 The Chilterns Shopping Centre High Chilterns Shopping Centre, High Wycombe HP13 5ES

07400 966968

The Green Grocer

We work with the wonderful Ozone Coffee Roasters as we love the taste and consistency they produce in their Empire Espresso blend. The quality of our coffee is also due to our highly skilled and knowledgeable baristas.

91 High Street, Amersham HP7 0DT

01494 724581

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Enjoy the small things in life with the best coffee and homemade cakes. If you want to avoid the major chains and also enjoy great value and ambience, you have to be selective. Here’s our round-up of 8 of the best in the area.

Chez Pain

Some locals say the best fry up around without a doubt and if you get a chance to try the marmite and cheese sausage roll it’s a must! Staff are friendly and prices are great.

4 Market Place, Beaconsfield HP92DS

01494 676119

Pantry

Amazing food fabulous service and reasonable on price.Try the full English and the vegan breakfast equivalent.

7 Park Parade Centre Hazlemere, High Wycombe HP15 7AA

01494 712300

Perkys Coffee House

Established in August 2016, the coffee shop is named after the cottage.Their breads, cakes, and meats are supplied by local bakers and butchers respectively, and the range of “freefrom” cakes and treats are made less than 5 minutes walk from the coffee shop..

Suffolk House 54-55 The Green Wooburn Green, Wooburn, Beaconsfield HP10 0EU 01628 525100

Twelve Twenty

Twelve Twenty offers mouth-watering food, packed full of flavour. With high quality produce they also use as much local produce as possible.

34 The Broadway, Amersham HP7 0HJ 01494 700157

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Cabin Fever! The British are going wild about garden rooms

Please tell us how you got started building Garden Rooms?

This booming industry is of course an evolution of the old-fashioned garden shed where for generations the nation have pottered the hours away in blissful but rather cramped conditions but it’s quite incredible what we can now within your garden space. Our founder Steve took the plunge to set up a company after 30 years in the building industry locally. We noticed a need for a high quantity garden room company within the local and surrounding areas and to be honest he has never been happier or busier. It’s so rewarding, and we have now done so many we really are experts in this field.

The demand for garden rooms is phenomenal, how do you cope?

We are certainly in high demand at the moment but don’t let that put you off getting in touch, we cope with this with good scheduling and our highly professional workforce. We never lose clients due to high demand my advice would be to get in touch as soon as you know you are serious about having a garden room and let us come out and talk through your needs. There is no obligation and you might be pleasantly surprised by our flexibility.

What are some of the uses your clients have for the rooms?

Our client use our garden rooms for a huge variety of uses from Offices, gyms, massage/ yoga studios, chill out rooms and teenager games rooms to name a few, our garden rooms have endless usage and of course, the use that the room is initially built for is not necessarily the same as it will be in a couple of years. Just like any other room in the house things evolve and needs change so a gym in 2021 may be an Air B&B in 2023.

Is there a project that you look back on with the most pride?

There is not really one garden room we look at with the most pride as we have pride in all our room be it an 8m x3.5m gym/ spa room to a 4m x3m office space.

What do you love most about running your business?

Without question, it’s the look of delight of our clients when we hand over their new garden room. It’s a very exciting moment for our clients and for us, we never get bored from receiving compliments for our work or of making people happy.

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High Street Hotspots

Head to the old town on a Tuesday, for the friendly and welcoming market as well as the monthly farmers market which is also a very popular addition to the Beaconsfield retail scene.

Fired Works

Fired Works is a unique fused glass art gallery where you can find hand made glass by Marie Cavanagh, made in her studio in Buckinghamshire. Marie specialises in bespoke landscapes made with glass powders.

:28B Market Place, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 9DU England

The Hatchery Farm Shop

The Hatchery, a small farm and craft shop which supports UK farmers and crafters. Our aim is to bring you products that you won’t find on the high street, unusual and of good quality.

Beaconsfield Road Red Barn Farm, Amersham HP7 0JY England

MIRA

Unusual gifts from home and abroad, incl jewellery, scarves, bags, home fragrance, tableware, cards & children’s gifts. Mail Order available .

7 Burkes Court, Burkes Road HP9 1NZ Beaconsfield, UK

Meluki Delicatessen

13 The Broadway

Penn Road

Beaconsfield

Buckinghamshire

HP9 2PD

T Rayner & Son

Farm · Farmers Market · Specialty Grocery Store

This is a hidden gem!

Green Common Ln, Wooburn Green, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe

HP10 0LH

Pamper session-Oxygen

Oxygen Beaconsfield is where they have a team of great hairdressers. But don’t forget that they have a really lovely spa section at the back!

1A Station Parade

Beaconsfield

Buckinghamshire

HP9 2PB

01494 676 180

Thames valley farmers market

This most popular and busy market reached a milestone in March 2017 when it celebrated its fifteenth anniversary.

It attracts a large following from customers over a wide area who appreciate the high quality local produce and extensive choice on offer.

Windsor End

The Old Town

Beaconsfield

HP9 2JW

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What is not to love about having wonderful theatres on our doorstep, when you are wanting a little break from the world you can delve into the beautiful theatres in and around your local area. We have chosen a few favourites in your area if you are either looking to hire, see a fabulous show or film these are on your door step!

The Duke Street Theatre

11C Duke Street

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire

HP13 6EE

Telephone 01494 524233

www.dukestreettheatre.co.uk

Wycombe Swan

St Mary Street

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire, HP11 2XE

Box office 01494 512000

www.wycombeswan.co.uk

Desborough Theatre

Park Street

Maidenhead

Berkshire

SL6 1RF 01628 782933

www.desboroughtheatre.co.uk

Theatre Royal

32 Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1PS

Telephone 01753 853888

www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

Pearce Suite Theatre

Magnet Leisure Centre

Holmanleaze, Maidenhead

The Windsor Globe

Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor

Caryl Churchill Theatre

Katharine Worth Building, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham

Campus, Egham Hill, Egham

Theatres & Venues

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Interview with Sandra Orlando Payne from Inhabitat Architects

Tell us a little about your background and how you formed InHabitat Architects?

To answer this question, it is probably best that I share with you a defining moment that brought me to where I am today, working with clients on exactly what to do to achieve their ‘dream home’. That defining moment in my life happened in late 2006. A few months before, I quit my job in one of the top five London architecture practices and started working for a small well established local architecture studio specialising in luxury houses in the home counties. To my surprise, I took joy in working involvement with all of these projects, large and small. I found out then that domestic projects could be exciting designs and that working with the end-users, the families was an absolute pleasure. There were no more meetings with CEOs and their large boards instead, I found myself sipping cappuccinos (or a glass of Malbec!) in warm families sitting rooms talking to people who looked and felt like me!

What type of projects creates the biggest buzz within your office?

We are in the business of ‘homemaking’. We help clients who want to build beautiful houses. The projects can be complicated, to begin with and the first task is often bringing in the bird’s eye perspective. Before starting any design, we set out the right strategy to set out the project path that suits our client’s particular priorities. We get very excited when a project flows naturally from one stage to another, from concept design, planning, detail drawings and construction. This is an indication that our clients are really enjoying the process and excitement sets in.

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Which types of project would you say are most popular at the moment?

Definitely, ‘eco-lux’ and ‘integrated living’ are the buzz words in the postCovid era. We all want to spend our money in a more environmentally friendly way. We also want to feel much more comfortable in our homes. There is no reason we cannot achieve both by embracing the latest technologies and working with nature’s ancient laws.

What encouragement would you give to a potential client who hasn’t appointed an architect previously?

To find an architecture practice that suits you, you must follow your instinct as much as understand the fees’ value. It is a gut and head combined decision. An architect who fully understands your priorities will save you from spirally construction cost and sleepless nights. Ask lots of questions about the process and the different stages it involves. If you are not sure you want to get started, ask how to sample their work at low cost. It is likely to be a small service but enough to give you an idea of their working practices. This way, you can test if the practice would offer the right solution for you. In our case, we offer a low cost pre-design service called ‘Needs and Options Review’. Many clients have found this service an effective way to finalise their brief and get to know me and the team at the same time.

Is there a project you look back on with the most pride?

A couple of projects in our practice have added that ‘je ne sais quoi’, and our clients have enjoyed the process as much as the end product. Basically, we managed to align their expectations fully with their dream home design. These were also vibrant statement pieces of design, sitting beautifully within the landscape/ cityscape as if they have always been there. Most people are not aware that an architect’s design work is not done for them, but done with them! When we all get this right, then real magic happens.

How do you see your profession’s future in terms of the evolution of design, build and renovation?

The profession is evolving from the old fashion ‘building focus’ approach to a ‘people focus’ and ‘environment focus’ way of thinking architecture. We are not alone in this gradual change as we all become more discerning consumers, good at distinguishing the good from the bad and sifting out the gems from the information overload. I am excited about the future and how our built environment will change to serve people and nature alike in years to come.

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http://inhabitat-architects.co.uk

Independent Boutiques

Looking for that certain item of clothing that will really stand out from the crowd? Or perhaps an exceptional gift for a loved one? Independent retailers make shopping in Beaconsfield truly special, with many unique shops offering beautiful items that simply can’t be found elsewhere.

Manhattan Clothing Boutique

190 Maxwell Rd

Beaconsfield

HP9 1QX

01494 678717

Pure Elegance Dresses

Beautiful dresses for proms and special occasions

17A The Highway

Beaconsfield

HP9 1QQ

07453 715952

www.pureelegancedresses.co.uk

London End

11 London End, Beaconsfield HP9 2HN

01494 422177

https://www.londonend.com

Jak & Liza

10, The Broadway, Penn Rd, Beaconsfield

HP9 2PD

01494 258808

www.jakandliza.com

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Mint Velvet Beaconsfield

Fashion retailer selling chic, modern casualwear for women; some locations within department stores.

3 The Highway 01494 257206

www.mintvelvet.co.uk

Repertoire

Mens designer Clothing store

Gregories Rd

Beaconsfield

HP9 1HG 01494 681655

www.repertoirefashion.co.uk

Grace

Ladies clothes shop

6 The Hwy, Beaconsfield HP9 1QD 01494 678908

www.graceboutique.co.uk

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Places to eat

Set in a beautiful part of Buckinghamshire rich with food heritage, Beaconsfield has a lot to offer when it comes to dining out. Both the new and the old town have a decent amount of options given the size of the town, with food offerings varying from cosy Italians and local Indian restaurants, to swanky French bistros and impressive gastropubs. The idyllic surroundings of Beaconsfield mean that regardless of where you end up, you won’t be able to help but feel relaxed and miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. So if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in this area, why not consider some of these restaurants in Beaconsfield?

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Revolution Beaconsfield

Individually styled chain bar with a global menu of comfort-food classics and nightly happy hours. Some locals call this the ‘go-to’ cocktail bar

Maxwell Rd

Beaconsfield

HP9 1QX

01494 677808

www.revolution-bars.co.uk/bar/beaconsfield

Fego Restaurant Beaconsfield

2 Station Rd

Beaconsfield

HP9 2PB

01494 681016

www.hellofego.com

Brasserie Blanc – Beaconsfield

41 London End

Beaconsfield

HP9 2HW

01494 685960

www.brasserieblanc.co

The Cape

A quirky busy cafe with a South African/Cape Town twist, open 7 days a week for breakfast excellent coffee, lunch, Daily Deli specials, excellent sandwich’s and afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and other products, Station Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1NN

https://www.thecapeonline.com/

Basmati Indian Restaurant

TripAdvisor awarded the Basmati Indian Restaurant with a 2014 / 2015, and 2016 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award recognises businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. All the usual fayre at an excellent price and quality

43 Aylesbury End

Beaconsfield

HP9 1LU

01494 671500

Basmati Indian Restaurant

43 Aylesbury End

Beaconsfield

HP9 1LU

01494 671500

www.basmatibeaconsfield.com

Giggling Squid

22 London End

Beaconsfield

HP9 2JH

01494 730919

www.gigglingsquid.com

No 5

No5 is a Modern, British & Independent restaurant in the heart of Beaconsfield Old Town.

17 London End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2HN

https://www.no5londonend.co.uk/

Prelibato

Informal yet sophisticated Italian Eatery/wine bar/deli/cafe’ where to enjoy the finest Italian food and wine.

10 Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JJ

https://prelibato.co.uk/

Prime Steak & Grill

180-182 Maxwell Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1QX

https://www.primesteakandgrill.com/beaconsfield

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‘Virtually’ all you need !

Beaconsfield Buy And Sale

www.facebook.com/groups/830999577107608

Mums of Beaconsfield

Come and buy some great value produce from small farmers, growers, bakers, cheesemakers and gin distillers! Always here on the fourth Saturday of the month for your favourite localshopping experience!This page is for "Mums of Beaconsfield" and surrounding areas only.

www.facebook.com/groups/2032825633512991

Beaconsfield/ Gerrards Cross/ Denham/ Chalfonts/what's on for kids

Details of any activities events regarding pregnancy, birth, baby, toddler pre-schooler/ and children of school age relevant to the Beaconsfield/ Denham/ Chalfonts/Gerrards Cross/ area and surrounding towns/villages.

www.facebook.com/groups/487657801268544

Beaconsfield Community

The purpose of the group is to strengthen the bonds that already exist within the community whilst also developing new connections and sharing resources.

www.facebook.com/groups/213101905929791

Carole's Slimming World Groups: Totteridge and Beaconsfield

This is the private Facebook group for members of Carole's Slimming World groups in Totteridge and Beaconsfield

www.facebook.com/groups/1228561000595984

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Beaconsfield Farmers’ Market

Come and buy some great value produce from small farmers, growers, bakers, cheesemakers and gin distillers! Always here on the fourth Saturday of the month for your favourite local shopping experience!

https://www.facebook.com/events/210232930600969

Beaconsfield Mums

Local group for Mums to share ideas, tips, recommendations & resources.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/245508582992736

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Help and support from your local Council

You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here.

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/council-tax/reporting-change/ You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.

Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Buckinghamshire Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link.

https://www.southbucks.gov.uk/article/6654/All-Services

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Planning and Building Control

Unsure which services you need?

If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.

Please note that many developments will require both.

What is planning?

Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools).

You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:

• create a new building or change the use or appearance of an existing building

• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties

• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes

• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access

• change the density of development in an area

• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties

• have an effect on existing trees

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.

More here https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/search/?query=planning

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