Villagers fight hotel extension appeal

Villagers fight hotel extension appeal

Villagers fight hotel extension appeal

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

VILLAGERS are fighting a planning appeal which hopes to extend a country hotel.

The Fox Country Hotel in Ibstone is appealing against a planning refusal to add a new spa and fitness centre and to build a new basement to provide new conference and function facilities for 150 people.

They also want to renovate the restaurant. In its current guise the bed and breakfast has 18 rooms and a restaurant.

Wycombe District Council planning committee refused the application as it said there was not adequate parking provisions.

An appeal has been put in to the Planning Inspectorate against the refusal.

Sonia Ford, who lives in the village, said: "The parking that is within the car park at the moment and the plans that they are wanting to extend, they do not have enough parking to accommodate the amount of room for people they want to bring in.

"Therefore, that means the parking would have to be out on the stretch of road."

Mrs Ford, 42, fears this could be a safety hazard on the busy Ibstone Road and would infringe on the common land.

She said: "It not only affects the local residents but it also affects the visitors too. In the week and weekends we do get a lot of visitors and dog walkers.

"At the moment they can come and go as they please and don't have to worry about car parking."

The Open Spaces Society, the leading organisation for the protection of common land, has objected to the planning appeal as they fear parking would severely degrade the registered common land.

Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, said: ‘This lovely, extensive common contributes to the beautiful ambience of Ibstone village. The common would be severely degraded if people park on it, particularly when it is wet. The parked vehicles will also be a danger to other drivers, and to the many walkers and riders who come here for peaceful enjoyment.

‘The public has the right to walk on every part of Ibstone Common and parked vehicles would interfere with that right."

The hotel's agent, TP Architects, did not respond to the Bucks Free Press for a comment.

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9:07am Sat 28 Jun 14

townraider says...

Rural NIMBYS.. Why shouldn't the hotel extent it will bring more people to visit the area
Rural NIMBYS.. Why shouldn't the hotel extent it will bring more people to visit the area townraider
  • Score: -2

9:56am Sat 28 Jun 14

sparky49 says...

To be fair if there not enough parking spaces then it should be refused. I don't believe any one would want more cars outside there house, regardless of where they live be it town or village.
To be fair if there not enough parking spaces then it should be refused. I don't believe any one would want more cars outside there house, regardless of where they live be it town or village. sparky49
  • Score: 9

12:23pm Sat 28 Jun 14

s6blr says...

SO let's crush yet another business trying to expand and add more jobs.

Local NIMBY's should be lined up and processed at the abattoir!
SO let's crush yet another business trying to expand and add more jobs. Local NIMBY's should be lined up and processed at the abattoir! s6blr
  • Score: -2

9:05am Sun 29 Jun 14

Gaulnut says...

As a regular at The Fox, and someone who looked at buying the derelict house next door a few years back, it is obvious that this plot has been expanded to the maximum. They were trying to expand back when the house was for sale, they should have bought the plot themselves then.

This is an area of special beauty, not a car park or business center. Call me a nimby if you like (although I don't live this side of the motorway), but as the planning decision confirms this kind of expansion just isn't appropriate here. It has nothing to do with crushing businesses. I totally agree with the phonetic comment.
As a regular at The Fox, and someone who looked at buying the derelict house next door a few years back, it is obvious that this plot has been expanded to the maximum. They were trying to expand back when the house was for sale, they should have bought the plot themselves then. This is an area of special beauty, not a car park or business center. Call me a nimby if you like (although I don't live this side of the motorway), but as the planning decision confirms this kind of expansion just isn't appropriate here. It has nothing to do with crushing businesses. I totally agree with the phonetic comment. Gaulnut
  • Score: 2

11:34am Sun 29 Jun 14

jayeatman says...

I have no idea of the validity of the pros and cons in this particular case. What irritates me is the way the BFP and practically other local newspaper will print verbatim the arguments of the anti-brigade without making any attempt to either check the accuracy of those views and objections or report the views of those for.
I note in this case the architects were asked for comment. As professionals they would have found that difficult. Why not contact the Fox directly? Go round there even?
I have no idea of the validity of the pros and cons in this particular case. What irritates me is the way the BFP and practically other local newspaper will print verbatim the arguments of the anti-brigade without making any attempt to either check the accuracy of those views and objections or report the views of those for. I note in this case the architects were asked for comment. As professionals they would have found that difficult. Why not contact the Fox directly? Go round there even? jayeatman
  • Score: -1

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