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New plans to demolish village pub made
PLANS to demolish a derelict village pub are back on the agenda after a developer submitted permission to build two new homes.
A previous application to knock down the Prince of Wales in Little Kingshill was rejected last year, with plans to replace it with a house and a shop deemed to be too bulky for the site.
But a new application, for two four-bedroom houses to be built and the pub demolished, has now been made.
The pub closed in 2009 - after its last tenant absconded, according to a report submitted as part of the application - and has since been subjected to vandalism, with the site also being used a fly tipping area.
Squatters have also been reported living at the former pub, which is now considered an eyesore by neighbours.
Property developer Savills, which has submitted the plans, say it is "considered unviable to re-open the pub" and the former boozer had "struggled to attract enough custom to make the business viable".
When the last application was considered by Chiltern District Council's planning committee, members said they were strongly in favour of redeveloping the site but did not believe replacing the pub with a shop was appropriate.
A decision on whether to approve the plans could be made by the authority as soon as next month.