Homes plan gets go ahead

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PLANS to build new of­fices and homes in Bea­cons­field Old Town have been ap­proved by coun­cil­lors, de­spite the ob­jec­tions of some res­i­dents.

South Bucks District Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee voted in favour of the de­vel­op­ment, which will take place at 36 to 56, Lon­don End, and will in­volve four houses and an of­fice build­ing be­ing built at the site.

Work­shops and garages will be de­mol­ished to make way for the de­vel­op­ment.

The plans, sub­mit­ted by Burn­ham Nom­i­nees Ltd, have pre­vi­ously been re­jected by the coun­cil on high­way grounds, but the ap­pli­cants have since ad­dressed the is­sue.

There were con­cerns about ve­hi­cle ac­cess and pedes­trian safety, but the de­vel­op­ers have dealt with this by cre­at­ing a one way sys­tem with a bar­rier and a ris­ing bol­lard to con­trol traf­fic get­ting in and out of the site.

The plans had been ob­jected to by the Bea­cons­field Old Town Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and some nearby res­i­dents, who said that they still be­lieved that there were safety is­sues with the site.

There were also con­cerns that the pro­ject would in­crease traf­fic and park­ing in the Old Town, as well as ac­cess to the nearby med­i­cal cen­tre.

Bea­cons­field Old Town Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion had en­cour­aged peo­ple to go along to the meet­ing, which took place on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 13, to make their feel­ings known.

In its ob­jec­tion to the plans, it said: “The sub­mit­ted plans show a to­tal lack of sen­si­tiv­ity with re­gard to preserving or en­hanc­ing the char­ac­ter or ap­pear­ance of the area,” and added: “It will bring an in­crease in air and noise pol­lu­tion to the res­i­dents of Malt­house Square and oc­cu­pants of 36-56 Lon­don End.

“In ad­di­tion the close prox­im­ity of the of­fice build­ing will be detri­men­tal to the vis­ual per­spec­tive of those res­i­dents whose homes abut the de­vel­op­ment.”

How­ever, South Bucks District Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee was sat­is­fied that its pre­vi­ous con­cerns had been ad­dressed and ap­proved the plans, on the pro­viso that a con­struc­tion traf­fic man­age­ment plans is car­ried out to en­sure pedes­trian safety at the site.

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