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Approval given for new Chesham pub
BUILDING work can now start on a new pub near Chesham after planning permission was officially granted this week.
The new inn will now be built on the site of the disused Merritts car dealership on the road between Chesham and Ashley Green.
Members of Chiltern District Council voted eight to one in favour of the principle in August but voted to defer the final decision to the authority's head of planning.
This week the plans were officially confirmed after the final hoop was jumped through - paving the way for work to begin.
The plans were submitted by national brewery chain Marston's, who said the new pub would create 50 new full time and part time jobs.
The new pub could lead to a reversal in a recent trend of inns in Chesham calling time for good.
Since 2009 the Elephant and Castle in Waterside and the Cock Tavern in the town centre have both been turned into flats, while plans to convert the Rose and Crown - which served its last pint in May 2012 - have been rejected.
Further plans to convert the Nash Arms in Vale Road, which is still open, into a shop and flats were also turned down earlier this year by Chiltern District Council.
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