A PLANNED burger van will help with security at a village shop, according to proposals submitted to a council.

An application has been made to park a takeaway van outside the Quick Stop Stores in Rickmansworth Lane, Chalfont St Peter, and serve food six nights a week.

The plans submitted to Chiltern District Council say the shop has been repeatedly targeted by vandals, but because it is within Green Belt land the authority is reticent to allow the property to be fitted with shutters.

Instead it's thought the van will give the shop an extra level of protection.

Forms submitted to the council as part of the application say: "The burger van will also provide a form of surveillance for the existing retail unit which has suffered from a spate of attacks and vandalism.

"It is understood that the council are reluctant to grant permission for shutters to the retail unit, which means that the unit has continued to suffer from broken windows as a result of the attacks. The siting of the burger van will provide a level of security and will assist in preventing such attacks from occurring."

If given permission to operate, the van would serve food from 5-11pm on weeknights and from 6-11pm on Saturdays.

Chiltern District Council are likely to rule on whether to grant permission by the end of next month.