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New Bourne End apartment and Sainsbury's development "an eyesore"
A LEADING community figure has added his voice to the debate over a proposed new development in Bourne End, formally objecting to the "eyesore" design.
Jim Penfold, chairman of Bourne End Residents’ Association, wrote to Wycombe District Council claiming his concerns over the retirement block at Parade Court reflect the general village view.
The plans, which would bring a Sainsbury’s Local store to Bourne End, have attracted a raft of objections to Wycombe District Council.
Mr Penfold, who agrees with the need for the ‘later living apartments’, strongly opposes the modern, flat-roofed design of the 25-flat block put forward by developer McCarthy and Stone.
He pointed out that the only other flat-roofed buildings in the village are the "out of place" shops on The Parade, and insists the planned building should have a pitched roof.
In his objection to the council, he says: "We have deliberately delayed our response to this application so that our comments fairly reflect the general view of the village community.
"We must stress how important it is that this development is correct due to its size and its position in the village.
"We have yet to read or hear of one comment that thinks that this is appropriate for our village.
"To approve the submitted plan would be to allow an eyesore which this village neither wants or deserves."
Developer McCarthy and Stone said a pitched roof "remains under evaluation", but that after consultation with council officials the final plan achieved a wider range of planning objectives.
A spokesman said: "Bourne End has seen several new buildings throughout the decades and this is reflected in the eclectic mix of styles and built form.
"There is no one uniform local distinctive appearance and the proposed building would be a further evolution of that process."
Other residents have objected to the limited car parking space given over for the new Sainsbury’s, claiming the nearby streets will become blocked.
The target decision date for the plan is September 23, but the council has not yet confirmed if the application will be heard at a public planning committee.
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