Plans to install some new overnight getaway cabins at a countryside restaurant and bar have been refused as “inappropriate”.

Bucks Council rejected an application submitted by owner Nick Mash relating to The Mash Inn, on Horseshoe Road, Bennett End in Radnage.

Plans outlined the ‘use of land for the stationing of seven mobile cabins to provide visitor accommodation in connection with The Mash Inn’.

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A new vehicle access, and 38 (up from 28) parking spaces were also proposed.

But the council said the scheme is “inappropriate” in the Green Belt and that it would have a “detrimental impact” on its openness.

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Bucks Free Press: “The proposed development is inappropriate in the Green Belt,” wrote the council. “It will have a detrimental impact upon the openness of the Green Belt and will result in encroachment of development into the countryside.”

It added: “No very special circumstances have been proposed or are apparent that would outweigh the harm due to inappropriateness and other harm to the Green Belt.”

There were several objections submitted, one claiming it would look like a “caravan site”.

“Seven cabins is way out of proportion to what is offered now,” wrote Desmond White. “The hostelry is barely open, and all local businesses should be seeking to work with the local community first.

“This pub is really in a prime spot regarding the AONB and the environment should be protected. A couple of units maybe but seven would turn it into another caravan site lookalike and there are two already in the village.”

Patricia Scobie added: “The rural nature of Horseshoe Road will be ruined by these extra buildings. This will be especially noticeable when the trees that provide some protection of the view lose their leaves in autumn. Noise pollution will also increase as it drifts up the road.”

The Mash Inn has a string of top awards to its name, including ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in the Good Food Guide 2020, was voted in the top 50 gastropubs in the UK and picked up 86th place in the top 100 in the National Restaurant Awards 2021.

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