Fairford Leys

Fairford Leys is a housing development consisting of 1,900 homes, on the western edge of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. It has its own very small centre hosting a number of traditionally fronted shops, award-winning hair salon, supermarket, three restaurants, a nursery, an ecumenical church and a community centre.[2] It also has a private health club with swimming pool which opened in October 2003. The civil parish for Fairford Leys is Coldharbour which is an Aylesbury Vale district. It also forms part of the Aylesbury Urban Area.

Fairford Leys centre

Fairford Leys Centre.
Fairford Leys centre
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population4,858 (2011 Census)(Coldharbour Parish)[1]
OS grid referenceSP7913
Civil parish
  • Coldharbour
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAylesbury
Postcode districtHP19
Dialling code01296
PoliceThames Valley
FireBuckinghamshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament

The intention in planning the development was to create an environment similar to that of a high end estate, with architecture inspired by traditional Aylesbury housing styles and pastiche Victorian lamp posts and railings. The centre of the estate is surrounded by the "city wall", a concept originating from the masterplanner John Simpson and inspired by medieval city walls, such as York. This consists of three- and four-storey townhouses and the main entrance to the centre is marked by two towers, loosely modelled on medieval gate towers.

Developments in Fairford Leys are controlled by the 16-page guidelines, which governs the look and materials used in several aspects of construction, including roof pitch, window material, and door colour.[3]

The centre contains a higher density of housing, with larger detached properties at the edge of the estate. Originally the design included play areas, open spaces, playing fields and a golf course. The golf course has since been closed and fenced off with security patrols taking place to prevent locals from walking on the now open land.

Facilities

Fairford Leys has its own parish council (Coldharbour Parish), primary school, GPs' practice and neighbouring pharmacy, veterinary practice, Women's Institute, ecumenical church, and a community centre (known as the Fairford Leys Centre), which hosts a wide variety of events and activities, including dance classes, badminton, karate, children's parties, wedding receptions, corporate functions and council meetings. The main centre was officially opened in November 2004.

Education

St Mary's Church of England School is a mixed, voluntary controlled, primary school, which has about 320 pupils from the ages of four to 11. It was purpose built for the Fairford Leys estate but the education authority (Bucks County Council) underestimated the number of children that would live within the Estate. Consequently, a number of children living within Fairford Leys cannot get a place.[4] In 2009, Buckinghamshire County Council estimate that up to 44 children will not be able to take up a place.

Transport

Fairford Leys is served by a popular but infrequent bus service, the Silver Rider. It commenced in 2004 and runs directly to Aylesbury town centre in around 15 minutes, designed to run at times to suit commuter travel from Aylesbury Station to London.

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References

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