Club fights off plan for homes

‘Com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity’ would be lost

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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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