Con­ver­sion plan for the for­mer Wild Rover site

De­vel­oper tries again to turn dis­used pub into a car sales busi­ness

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: Camil­la_Good­man

A SEC­OND at­tempt is be­ing made to turn a for­mer pub into a car sales busi­ness.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to con­vert the Wild Rover, in Amer­sham Road, Che­sham, into an area for car sales, as well as one res­i­den­tial flat with park­ing, has been sub­mit­ted to Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC).

It is sim­i­lar to an ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted last year, which was re­fused by the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee in Oc­to­ber 2014 for sev­eral rea­sons, in­clud­ing loss of a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity and high­way is­sues.

How­ever, Che­sham Town Coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee wel­comed the pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause coun­cil­lors thought it would help keep car sales off the street, which they said is a ‘big prob­lem’ in the town.

Che­sham Town Coun­cil’s com­mit­tee was set to dis­cuss this new ap­pli­ca­tion on Mon­day evening and mem­bers of the pub­lic have un­til tomorrow to make any rep­re­sen­ta­tions.

When the for­mer ap­pli­ca­tion was dis­cussed by Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee last year, the case of­fi­cer high­lighted that the use had al­ready started, to some de­gree, be­cause cars were be­ing stored and valeted on site.

How­ever, they added there was no ev­i­dence sales were tak­ing place on site.

As per­mis­sion was re­fused, of­fi­cers have con­tin­ued to make sure car sales are not tak­ing place and will serve an en­force­ment let­ter if ap­pro­pri­ate.

A dif­fer­ence in this new ap­pli­ca­tion is that it says the busi­ness would be open from 8am to 7pm Mon­day to Satur­day and 10am to 4pm on Sun­days and Bank Hol­i­days.

The pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion said the open­ing time would be 9am to 6pm on week­days and 9am to 1pm on Satur­days.

The Wild Rover ceased to op­er­ate as a pub in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

The ap­pli­cant bought the pub in Septem­ber 2013.

In 2013 plans to turn it into seven flats were re­jected by CDC’s plan­ning com­mit­tee for rea­sons in­clud­ing loss of a pub­lic house, it be­ing out of keep­ing with the street scene, the amenity ar­eas hav­ing no pri­vacy and be­ing too close to the busy Amer­sham Road.

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected to be made on the Wild Rover next month.

Peo­ple need to sub­mit their com­ments on the ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore tomorrow by vis­it­ing www. view plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions and search­ing for ap­pli­ca­tion CH/2015/1923/FA.

What would you like to see the Wild Rover be­come? Email buck­snews@trin­i­ and let us know your views.

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