'Eyesore' pub to be knocked down

The derelict Prince of Wales pub in Little Kingshill

The derelict Prince of Wales pub in Little Kingshill

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

A DERELICT village pub is to be bulldozed to make way for houses after residents complained it was becoming an eyesore.

Planning bosses at Chiltern District Council had recommended permission should not be given to knock down the Prince of Wales in Little Kingshill because two planned houses were considered inappropriate development for the Green Belt.

But residents said they wanted the Windsor Lane pub to be pulled down, having seen two previous attempts to build houses on the site turned down.

It was third time lucky though, as members of the council's planning committee voted in favour of allowing the new houses during their meeting on Thursday night.

It said in the council officers' report that building work would be "detrimental to the locality" and would be inappropriate development for protected Green Belt land.

But Sandra MacDonald of the Little Kingshill Village Society said at the meeting: "Nothing could be more detrimental to the appearance of our village than the derelict eyesore we've been obliged to endure over the last three years."

She added: "The repeated refusal [to give planning permission] has certainly made a big difference to the quality of life in the village.

"Power continues to be exercised by the council not directly affected by the decision. We resent the decision foisted on us over this site."

The village's representative on the council, Robert Burns-Green, told committee members: "I think this is a good design. It's been sensitive to the street scene, its location and its tasteful size."

Referring to the state of the current pub building, Cllr Burns-Green added: "It's getting worse all the time."

Cllr Nigel Shepherd had queried the small garden space allocated for both houses but Cllr Alan Hardie said: "I think modern families now want a big house but don't want a big garden.

"There's enough amenity on the car park where kids can kick a ball around. It adds to the element of the garden - I don't see a problem there."

Committee members voted against their officers' recommendation to refuse permission, instead voting to give conditional permission subject to a legal agreement being confirmed.

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11:26pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

… Cllr Alan Hardie said: "I think modern families now want a big house but don't want a big garden.
Yeah - it’s what they want and that's convenient because what with the shortage of land and the price of lit round here it’s what they’re going to bloody well get whether they want it or not.
[italic] … Cllr Alan Hardie said: "I think modern families now want a big house but don't want a big garden. [/italic] Yeah - it’s what they [italic]want [/italic]and that's convenient because what with the shortage of land and the price of lit round here it’s what they’re going to bloody well [italic] get[/italic] whether they want it or not. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 11

10:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

FRENCH44T says...

Looks like another part of my past life will be destroyed and lost for ever. I had my first ever Brown & Bitter in here.
Looks like another part of my past life will be destroyed and lost for ever. I had my first ever Brown & Bitter in here. FRENCH44T
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

s6blr says...

Looks like a place to build yet another Indian restaurant.
Looks like a place to build yet another Indian restaurant. s6blr
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

FRENCH44T says...

But I hope NOT a Tesco Express.
But I hope NOT a Tesco Express. FRENCH44T
  • Score: 3

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