Flats plan for former Chesham pub opposed

Flats plan for former Chesham pub opposed

Flats plan for former Chesham pub opposed

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

PLANS to convert a pub into six flats were vehemently opposed by councillors last night.

Proposals to redevelop the Rose and Crown in Waterside, Chesham, into housing have resurfaced with a fresh planning application, after a previous attempt was turned down.

The plans were turned down following an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, with a report saying limited attempts had been made to sell the pub with a view to re-opening it, and there had been a failure to demonstrate it was no longer a viable business.

Members of Chesham Town Council echoed the views of the Inspectorate when they discussed the plans at a meeting last night.

Cllr Peter Hudson, who represents the Waterside ward, said: "In the words of a former Prime Minister - no, no, no covers this one. There's no good way of looking at this one.

"There have been lots of complaints from local residents on overdevelopment. The size of the flats are under what would be considered suitable for one-bed flats. They are very small and there's a lot being crammed into the site.

"I'm not satisfied by the applicant and I'm not satisfied he's made any effort to improve on the previous application."

Cllr Hudson said there had been only a 'token' attempt to market the property, adding: "No community group has received any kind of notification.

"He did get one interested party but that fell through, with no reason given."

The Rose and Crown ceased trading in May 2012 and many other pubs in Chesham, including the Wild Rover, Nash Arms and Cock Tavern, have also closed in recent years.

Councillors said they opposed the new application, citing the loss of a community facility, overdevelopment of the site and a loss of parking - including on-street parking - as reasons for refusal.

Although the town council said they opposed the plans, it will be officers from Chiltern District Council who will decide whether to grant planning permission. A decision is due to be made next month.

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