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Aerospace firm to redevelop High Wycombe chairmaking factory site

Sunday, 3 March 2024 08:00

By Charlie Smith - Local Democracy Reporter

An aerospace firm can knock down buildings at the site of an old furniture factory in High Wycombe and redevelop the land, planners have said.

Sabeti Wain Aerospace Ltd plans to convert the former industrial site at Abercromby Avenue and Oakridge Road into its main headquarters.

The company, which is already based at 120 Lane End Road in the town, also operates out of Leighton Buzzard, as well Dubai and in the US.

The firm makes aircraft seat covers for airlines like British Airways, Qantas and Etihad and during the pandemic produced scrubs and gowns for the NHS.

The company says it will create a total of 8,278 square metres of floorspace through the demolition, refurbishment and redevelopment of existing buildings at the site.

A new vehicular access will also be created to the site from Abercromby Avenue, while the existing access from Oakridge Road will be improved.

An additional 34 parking spaces will help provide 107 bays in total, while two covered cycling shelters will also be installed.

The planning application says: “The project will bring back into use a semi-derelict building and will provide employment opportunities in the area.”

In the twentieth century, the site was home to a chair factory that contributed to High Wycombe’s once-booming furniture industry.

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