Call for opin­ions about night­club

Winkers: Pri­vate firm or com­mu­nity spot?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A DIS­PUTE re­gard­ing whether a night­club should be classed as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity is to be the sub­ject of a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) and Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil have iden­ti­fied Winkers Night­club as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity in the vil­lage’s Neigh­bour­hood Plan.

How­ever, in­de­pen­dent ex­am­iner Nigel McGurk, who was mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions on the plan, says the club in Den­ham Lane is a pri­vate business and not a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

The pur­pose of the plan is to help pre­vent un­wanted build­ing de­vel­op­ments, and pro­tect an area’s her­itage. It will be­come part of CDC’s core strat­egy, mean­ing it will be re­ferred to for plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

CDC has ac­cepted majority of the mod­i­fi­ca­tions on ex­am­iner’s re­port.

It wishes to pro­tect Winkers and will not ac­cept the ex­am­iner’s rec­om­men­da­tion on the venue.

The gen­eral pub­lic are be­ing asked whether they con­sider the venue a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity. The con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod runs from to­day (Oc­to­ber 2) un­til 5pm on Novem­ber 14.

CDC’s view is that Winkers is no dif­fer­ent from a vil­lage pub or pri­vately run sports club.

Gra­ham Har­ris, dis­trict coun­cil­lor and cab­i­net mem­ber for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, said: “This site has al­ways been con­sid­ered a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity. Any change to that would be con­trary the coun­cil’s De­vel­op­ment Plan

fu­ture the 65 the and na­tional guid­ance.”

The premises have also been re­garded as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity in re­cent plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions to de­velop the site.

In fact, plans to de­mol­ish the night­club and build new homes were re­jected in July be­cause of con­cerns about the loss of a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple took to so­cial me­dia in ob­jec­tion to the club’s de­vel­op­ment.

Oth­ers backed the plans, cit­ing the club as a source of noise and trou­ble.

CDC will make a decision on the club after it con­sid­ers rec­om­men­da­tions in the con­sul­ta­tion and then mod­ify the plan. The parish of Chal­font St Peter will hold a ref­er­en­dum on whether to ac­cept the plan next year.

Visit www.chiltern.gov.uk/ chal­fontst­peter for guid­ance on in­put to the con­sul­ta­tion.

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