Winkers to be demolished
WINKERS nightclub in Chalfont St Peter is set close its doors for good, it was confirmed at a meeting last week.
Chiltern District Councillors voted unanimously in favour of demolishing the building – which sits on the green belt – to make way for four two storey-homes.
The outline application from owners Mr and Mrs Maynard concerns the access roads, with a further detailed application concerning future developments expected soon.
It comes despite Chiltern District Council (CDC) twice rejecting larger plans, submitted by Kebbell Development, to redevelop the site on Denham Lane in 2014.
made following the refusal from CDC, was thrown out by the government inspector in February last year, who cited inappropriate development in the green belt as something which could ‘harm the character and appearance of the area and would be contrary to the relevant policies in the development plan’.
The club, opened in 1971, has seen a drop in local support, according to district councillor Jonathan Rush.
“My kids used to use Winkers. It’s sad, because in its heyday it was a local asset. It hasn’t been profitable for a long time, and nearly 80% of people who use it these days don’t come from the area,” he said.
“If the local community supported it, Winkers would probably be profitable but we don’t and it isn’t.”
Describing it as the ‘beginning of the end of a long saga’, Mr Rush said the application was successful this time because it concerned a smaller area.
He said: “This is a much smaller scheme and therefore the impact on the green belt will be less.”
Villager Richard Allen has previously said it is ‘utterly ridiclous’ for CDC to try and ‘force’ the owners to keep the club open, saying it makes sense for ‘businesses that are not successful’ to be demolished to make way for housing.
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