A PUB could turn part of its car park into a fitness area to 'make ends meet'.

Ms Helen Wilkins has submitted to Bucks Council a ‘change of use’ application for the Hen and Chickens pub, on Botley Road, in Chesham.

Plans propose conversion of the pub car park to a “mixed use” of both car park and for recreation and leisure purposes, including installation of Astro turf.

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A “small section” will be overhauled for fitness classes limited to 15 people.

Four parking spaces will be lost.

It is understood the proposal is a temporary change of use for up to three years.

The change is proposed after the pub suffered significant loss of trade in recent years.

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“This relates to a small section of the existing, under-utilised car park to the side of the Hen and Chickens,” a document states.

“The remaining car park is more than adequate to provide for parking at the pub, there will be no impact upon on-street parking.

“The Astro turf area will be used by attendees of a fitness class to undertake group training in sessions lasting less than one hour

“The long-term aim is to operate classes on three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) holding a maximum of six sessions in two one-hour blocks during the course of a day.

“The pub has suffered from significant loss of trade over a number of years and has reduced opening hours. The change of use will provide some additional income to support the pub as a going concern.

“There is no impact upon privacy to any neighbouring properties.”

Planning officers will now decide what becomes of the application.

To view and comment on the plans, use planning portal reference: PL/22/1353/SA.