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Pub's flat proposal goes to appeal
A DEVELOPER who wants to turn a pub into flats has lodged an appeal after the initial application was refused.
Applicant and owner of The Rose and Crown Pub, in Waterside, Chesham, Ashok Jain, has launched an appeal against Chiltern District Council's planning committee's decision to refuse permission to turn the pub into six one-bedroom flats with a communal amenity area and seven car parking spaces.
The committee gave several reasons for refusal back in November including loss of a community facility, no sufficient outdoor amenity space, over- development and it being detrimental to highway and public safety.
Town and district councillor for the area Peter Hudson said: "I was surprised by this appeal. My own feeling is that I think the grounds on which it was originally turned down were pretty comprehensive.
"Although the reasons for refusal are there you can never prejudge the outcome of an appeal but I still think it was turned down correctly and I hope the appeal will be thrown out."
Mr Hudson added: "I'd urge readers who haven't to make their views known, but if you've already objected there's little point in sending something again unless you want to add to it."
The hearing is expected to be held in early February with a decision expected from the planning Inspectorate shortly after.
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