A VACANT pub could be turned into a home and the council has given the thumbs up to the construction of 12 new homes.

These are just two of the many applications submitted to Buckinghamshire Council for determination in the past seven days.

To view more details for each application, go to the council’s planning portal with the reference number attached.

Planners withdraw a proposal to build a new battery energy storage facility at Derehams Lane, Loudwater (22/07255/FUL).

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Newton Energi pulled plans for a new battery energy storage facility, which would have been built adjacent to Derehams Farm.

If the plans were approved, it would have provided ‘balance and stability’ to ensure that at particular times of the day when demand is high, that National Grid can access extra power sources and balance the national system and provide a backup electricity supply.

It would have also stored energy temporarily when there is a surplus of renewable generation. The planning statement states it would have ‘ensured that the electricity system is more efficient and reduces costs to customers’.

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The withdrawn scheme would have been managed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by both onsite and offsite personnel for the duration of 35 years. After that period of time, the land would have been reinstated to its former use.

But the applicant withdrew the scheme after officers raised concerns about its impact on the area of natural beauty landscape, which a planning officer believed it ‘can’t be mitigated’.

A pub could be turned into a home at 2 Oxford Road, Stone (23/01341/APP).

Bucks Free Press: The converted pub's ground floor layoutThe converted pub's ground floor layout (Image: ,)

The vacant Rose and Crown pub, which closed in 2020 due to economic pressure, could soon be converted into a family home if planning permission is secured from Bucks Council.

The conversion plans also propose two car parking spaces provided at the rear of the property – access off of Upper Hartwell.

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Previous plans were approved to demolish the pub’s rear extension in order to build three homes with 12 parking spaces to the rear of the building.

It received 12 objectors to that plan, believing the parking was ‘insufficient’. But the scheme was ultimately approved by planning officers.

The council gives the thumbs up for new homes at Towcester Road, Maids Moreton (21/02661/ADP).

Bucks Free Press: Site layout of the 12 homes Site layout of the 12 homes (Image: ,)

Land north at Scotts Farm is set to be developed into 12 five-bedroom houses by Lodge Park Homes.

There are three allocated parking spaces per home with integral garages providing secure cycle storage to all dwellings. All homes will also have private gardens.

Along with a new vehicular access on Towcester Road, the development is proposed to implement within the developed site.

“The development will make a substantial positive contribution to the character and environment of Maids Moreton and provides the opportunity to develop a high quality sustainable scheme which follows all the current principles of urban design,” the design and access statement reads.