Propsed new restau­rant would ‘sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove’ area’s vi­tal­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AN­OTHER restau­rant is on the menu for Bea­cons­field af­ter plans to re­place two shops were sub­mit­ted.

If ap­proved the site would see a win­dow showroom and dis­used car re­pair work­shop – which com­pro­mises around 75% of the site – re­placed with the eatery.

MSC Plan­ning Con­sul­tants sub­mit­ted the change of use ap­pli­ca­tion for Gre­gories Road on Thurs­day July 28.

In the de­sign and ac­cess state­ment, the con­sul­tants say the work­shop has been va­cant ‘for some time’, and ar­gue that as an empty unit it is ‘cur­rently de­tract­ing from the lo­cal­ity’.

It adds: “The site cur­rently has very lim­ited pres­ence on the street frontage, as it is set back be­hind a cov­ered canopy.

“The site is there­fore not visu­ally prom­i­nent.

“In fact the pro­posal will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the street frontage by im­prov­ing the glaz­ing fac­ing Gre­gories Road and in­tro­duc­ing a seat­ing area at both ground and first floor. This will im­prove the vi­tal­ity of the area.”

But there is al­ready a restau­rant di­rectly op­po­site the pro­posed area and a num­ber of other restau­rants within the vicin­ity.

Plans for a sum­mer seat­ing area at ground and first floor are in­cluded within the ap­pli­ca­tion but on site park­ing is deemed to be un­nces­sary.

In sum­mary the state­ment adds: “The pro­posal would bring back into use an empty car garage/re­pairs and would add to the vi­tal­ity and vi­a­bil­ity of the area through the restau­rant use.

“This would be en­hanced by im­prove­ments to the ex­ist­ing shop frontage and es­tab­lish­ment of an out­door seat­ing area at ground and first floor.

“This would cre­ate more ac­tiv­ity in this fringe lo­ca­tion on the sec­ondary pro­posed also shop­ping frontage.

“The pro­posed restau­rant is con­sid­ered an ap­pro­pri­ate main town cen­tre use in the NPPF and the pro­posal com­plies with Pol­icy 23 in seek­ing to pro­mote the com­pet­i­tive­ness of cen­tres.

“The development is there­fore con­sid­ered ac­cept­able in prin­ci­ple.”

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