Fresh plans to convert a former church to flats and build other residential properties on site have sparked safety and privacy concerns.

Gold Hill Baptist Church and Gold Hill Topco Ltd have submitted to Bucks Council a planning application relating to the former site of the church in Chalfont St Peter.

Plans detail the ‘demolition of unlisted buildings in the Gold Hill Common Conservation Area, including extensions (the hall) to the rear and side of the church, two residential properties and outbuildings’.

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It also details the ‘conversion and alteration of the church to six flats, a new side access ramp, the erection of a two-storey apartment building comprising six flats, a terrace of three houses (fronting Austenwood Lane) and two semi-detached mews houses’.

No affordable housing is mentioned.

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Access to the site would be from Austenwood Lane, while 36 parking spaces are also proposed.

The site already has planning permission for its partial redevelopment and conversion to provide 13 properties.

It was permitted on the basis that an alternative location for the church was found, and permission was granted at the Randall Building site.

A legal agreement was signed to ensure this was implemented prior to the redevelopment of the existing church site.

However, even though the replacement community building has now been implemented, the original site never was.

This proposal is for an alternative scheme.

Chalfont St Peter Parish Council support the proposal, writing: “Support the application and applaud the style and design. Appreciate the thoughtful landscaping.”

However, Cllr Carl Jackson wrote: “The development will result in the loss of light for neighbouring properties.

“The development will overlook neighbouring properties and result in loss of privacy.

“The design and appearance of the new development will not be in keeping with the surrounding properties.

“The proposed pedestrian access between The Mews and The Chapel would be unsafe.

“There is a shortfall of parking spaces for the development.”

He added: “The main vehicle access is directly opposite the entrance to another road and near to a zebra crossing, raising highways safety concerns.”

Five letters of objection have also been raised.

The recommendation is that committee “defer to approve”, following completion of a legal agreement.

The matter will be discussed at an East Bucks Area Planning Committee, on November 16.

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