ANOTHER new supermarket will be coming to Bourne End after planning permission was granted as part of a new apartment block, despite objections from residents.
As well as a new Sainsbury’s store, a three-storey building housing 25 retirement flats will also be built in Parade Court, Bourne End, after it was given the green light by Wycombe District Council.
Initial plans for the McCarthy and Stone development were first rejected after residents complained the modern design was not in keeping with the area.
The proposal was revised to reflect a more traditional design, with a pitched roof and wooden beams overcoming many of the objections.
However, other issues including the height of the proposed block have again forced many neighbours to object to plans this time round.
Despite the approval, Bourne End resident, Raina Parker, who lives on Oakfield Road adjacent to Parade Court, wrote to the council to object to the building’s overbearing height.
She said: “If this height is approved it will be the tallest building in the south side of The Parade and therefore completely out of proportion to the buildings that already exist. This build is too high.”
Approval comes after Mike Appleyard, deputy leader of Bucks County Council and Bourne End councillor, said permission for a raft of modern buildings had destroyed the traditional character of the village in recent years.
At the time of the first planning application, he said: “Over the years it seems Bourne End has been under attack from Wycombe District Council. It started in the 60s and 70s when a whole range of buildings were put up.”
Bourne End Residents Association chairman Jim Penfold spoke in opposition to the plans during the first application.
However, he said was happy that plans had been amended to include a roof style similar to other shops along the parade.