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Prestwood coffee shop plans turned down
PLANS for a coffee shop in Prestwood have been turned down after neighbours kicked up a stink about the "unpleasant smells" it could generate.
Villagers' objections to the proposals to convert a house in High Street into a café and first storey flat led to Chiltern District Council's planning committee rejecting the application on Thursday.
Residents raised a host of objections to the shop, which would have sold homemade cakes, sandwiches and soup or salad depending on the season.
They said it could potentially cause air pollution to neighbours and the additional traffic levels caused by people going there would affect the safety of children going to nearby schools.
Residents added the proposals were "out of character with the village" and would "irreversibly harm the street scene and attractiveness of the area", adding it was a "misuse of an attractive building".
The applicant said however the shop would only require a small amount of produce and would not need daily deliveries of ingredients.
They added no bad smells would be generated, and the shop could also be used as a craft centre that could potentially offer training and teaching to small groups.
One letter of support was received for the application, which said it would enhance Prestwood and the nearest similar shop was three miles away.
The plans were rejected by the council after they cited the road not being wide enough to cope with an increase in traffic and there being insufficient room for parking as reasons for refusal.
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