HOUSE buyers are giving Great Missenden a ‘wide berth’ after the decision to go ahead with HS2, an estate agent has said.
Regional sales director of Hamptons estate agents, Peter Everett, said sales had been hit after the route was confirmed.
The current route will pass through Amersham and near Great Missenden.
Mr Everett said: “Our office in Great Missenden has been hit with HS2.
“Two other estate agents in the village have already closed over the last year.
“We did notice that when the decision was made to go ahead with HS2 and the route would go past Great Missenden that people were giving the area a wide berth.
“It’s tougher to sell houses near the route as people don’t want to be near a noisy high speed train line.”
Mr Everett added that Hamptons have signed up to the anti-HS2 alliance.
He added: “It’s a waste of time and will ruin the Chiltern countryside.
“It’s easy to see why it would effect people wanting to move into the village when they don’t know what the impact will be.”
HS2 Action Alliance Director for Great Missenden, Hilary Wharf, said: “Property blight has been an enormous problem since the HS2 announcement in 2010 and things are going to get worse rather than better.
“If people have the choice they aren’t going to choose to live anywhere near a construction site or a high speed rail route when they’re making what is the largest purchase in their life and putting all their assets into a house.
“People are risk averse, you can’t blame them if they are wanting to keep well away.
“Especially when you look at Kent and the high speed rail and the effect it has had there.
“I fully expect this is just the beginning of things.”
In comparison to Great Missenden, Hamptons’s Beaconsfield office broke its sales record in February coming top in the regional sales, with Gerrards Cross coming third in the region.
Gill Eales, of Morland Drive in Gerrards Cross, only put her house up for sale last week, but has already had an offer.
“I only went on the market on Tuesday but we’ve had 11 viewings and we had an offer on Tuesday.
“I can believe Gerrards Cross is one of the top for sales, it has a great school system and my house is in a catchement area.
“Most of the people viewing have been families.
“Gerrards Cross has that pulling power. It’s location, location, location. We’re near London, have a good train network, and brilliant schools, with all that on your doorstep it’s a no brainer.”
The average price of a property sold by Hamptons’ in Beaconsfield was £1.5m pounds in February.