Buckingham Park, Buckinghamshire
|Buckingham Park shown within Buckinghamshire|
|Population||1,748 (2011 Census.civil parish)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Buckingham Park is a suburban residential neighbourhood contiguous with the north-west edge of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. It is currently the location of major housing developments on two sites known originally as Weedon Hill and Berryfields. Buckingham Park is also the name of the civil parish, part of Aylesbury Vale District Authority. The neighbourhood is close to the River Thame.
The development is on the area of land to the north of Aylesbury where the Battle of Aylesbury is reputed to have taken place in 1642. Because of this special attention was paid to the area in the pre-construction archaeological excavation carried out in 2008, however only 24 musket shot were found. However, as the 247 bodies of the dead soldiers who had lain in that field were reburied in Hardwick in 1818, it is likely that any artefacts would have been reburied with them. In plans for the new estate roads have been named after important figures from the battle, including Prince Rupert Drive and Colonel Grantham Avenue.
Building of the Weedon Hill housing development started in 2007. As of 2015, approximately 1,000 homes have been completed out of 1035 planned dwellings, as well as a community centre, primary school, parks and play areas and a private care home. A retail development includes a Budgens supermarket, pharmacy, barbers, beauty salon and fish and chips shop.
Buckingham Park is likely to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016.
A new railway station, Aylesbury Vale Parkway opened on 14 December 2008, ready to serve the new housing developments. The first phase of the Western Link Road, a new link road, connecting the A41 and the A418 started construction in August 2013 and is now complete. Buckingham Park is also served by two bus routes.
Buckingham Park parish was established in April 2011. It includes the housing development of Buckingham Park (formerly Weeden Hill). Prior to this Weedon Hill was within Weedon parish. Buckingham Park parish is within the Weedon ward of Aylesbury Vale District Authority.
Buckingham Park Church of England Primary School is located adjacent to the Buckingham Park Community Centre. It opened in September 2012 and was the first new school opened in Buckinghamshire in the 21st Century.
- Neighbourhood statistics 2011 census, Accessed 3 February 2013
- "Weedon Hill". Aylesbury Vale Advantage. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- Berryfields MDA AVDC website[permanent dead link], Accessed 18 May 2013
- "Archaeological Investigations at Weedon Hill, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire" (PDF). Wessex Archaeology. February 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- Quick, Kevin (8 November 2000). "The Battle of Aylesbury, 1642". Genuki. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
- Buckingham Park Parish Council website, Retrieved 18 May 2013
- "Services at Aylesbury's new train station to begin on Sunday".
- Aylesbury Vale District Council recommendations for Weedon parish Archived August 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Buckingham Park CofE Primary School Website, Retrieved 18 May 2013