Club fights off plan for homes
‘Community facility’ would be lost
PLANS to demolish a nightclub and build new homes have again been rejected over concerns about the loss of a community facility.
Chiltern District Council has this week ruled that Winkers Nightclub in Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, which has been at the site since 1971, cannot be bulldozed to make way for four detached homes, complete with its garage buildings.
It is the second time this year the council has rejected plans to redevelop the site, saying that building homes there would mean the loss of a community facility.
The plans, submitted by Kebbell Development, were turned down by Chiltern District Council on Monday.
The council ruled that the development would also be inappropriate because it is within the green belt land.
However, Councillor Jonathan Rush, who represents the village’s central ward and is on the planning committee, argued that the application should be allowed.
He said: “I was in the minority but I have not met a person yet who lives near Winkers who has not been affected by the noise and anti-social behaviour that goes on around the site. It was my duty as a ward councillor to bring this up so that my colleagues on the planning committee could weigh it up.”
A council document giving reasons for the refusal said that if Winkers were to be demolished, it would have to be replaced with another community facility.
A plan to build five homes at the site, also from Kebbell Development, was rejected in February this year on eight different grounds.
The latest application had prompted people to campaign using social media to save the site, with a Help Save Winkers Part 2 Facebook page being set up.
A Twitter hashtag was also created to allow people to express their opinions on the subject.
Three of the club’s neighbours wrote to Chiltern District Council in support of the plans, saying that the club caused them noise and disruption.
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