PLANS to tear down a period property for flats have been withdrawn.

Mr and Mrs John-Paul Stalder have pulled an application for Northwold, 33 Austenway in Chalfont St Peter, which would have seen the property bulldozed for flats.

A planning meeting was due to be held by Bucks Council on Tuesday this week but was cancelled.

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It is not known why the application was withdrawn – but the plans had received strong local pushback with more than 83 objections received.

The applicants had sought permission for the demolition of the house – described as early 20th Century in a “typical Arts and Crafts style” – and annex on site, and the erection of four flats within a two-and-a-half-storey building, and widened vehicle access.

Twelve parking spaces were also proposed (eight within a concealed car port).

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The plans, which first emerged in January to concerns about size, potential loss of light, and traffic, received yet more objections before the scheduled meeting about overlooking, overdevelopment, parking issues, and the “destruction of a period property”.

Chalfont St Peter Parish Council also objected.

“If this planning application were allowed to go through, it would set a very worrying precedent for further inappropriate development,” said Cllr Celia Stuart-Lee.

“It does not comply with [planning policy] and is not in keeping with the houses on Austenway.”

“I confirm that the application has been treated as withdrawn and the file has therefore been closed,” a decision notice reads.

It is not known whether the applicants will try again with a revised scheme.