Homes plan gets go ahead
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.