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Planners apply to turn Disraeli Arms into flats
A PLANNING application has been submitted to turn The Disraeli Arms in Wycombe Marsh into seven flats.
A company called The Disraeli House Property Ltd, which is based in Birmingham, has applied for a change of use.
The applicant wants to build various extensions onto the property to create four two bedroom flats and three one bed flats with associated bin/cycle stores, car parking and landscaping.
The pub closed last year and has been vacant since.
The application said: “The Disraeli has had an unsustainable recent history and has been trading below a sustainable level for several years.”
A community needs assessment by Maurice Cotton, from the company proposing the change of use, said they asked 10 houses and two businesses adjacent to the property for their opinion.
He said that five wrote back and two verbally responded, and said the response was favourable as long as the quality was high.
The application also referred to a shooting at a bus stop in London Road, near the pub, in January 2012, which it said damaged trade further.
He also said: “The premises have been closed for a considerable time such that displaced former customers will have already established an alternative to visiting.”
The application highlights other pubs in the area including The Junction, The General Havelock, The King George V and slightly further away The Derehams Inn, The Happy Union, The Belle Vue and The Sausage Tree.
To view the application go to the Wycombe District Council planning portal: http://publicaccess.wycombe.gov.uk/
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