Could there be 1,000 extra homes in town?

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A DEVELOPMENT firm is eyeing up Berkhamsted as the potential site of 1,000 new homes.

It could include a new school, community centre, convenience shops, football and hockey pitches, and bus route connecting schools, the train station and High Street.

Grand Union Investments (GUI) aim to build the mix of rented, socially affordable and private houses on land south of Shootersway and at the southern end of Swing Gate Lane.

GUI spokesmen have consulted the Thomas Coram C of E Middle School in Swing Gate Lane, Ashlyns School in Chesham Road and Berkhamsted Town Council.

Spokesman Paul Dimoldenberg said: “We will listen to the needs of the community and respond positively to them.”

He said it could be 2012 before an official planning application is made.