For­mer pub Head­ing in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion again

De­vel­op­ers pro­pose a chil­dren’s day nurs­ery at site

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The Kings Head, in Wy­combe Road, was formerly a pub­lic house but was sub­se­quently con­verted into an In­dian restau­rant, which ceased trad­ing in 2015.

Now de­vel­op­ers in­tend to con­vert the Kings Head from a pub into a day nurs­ery, in­cor­po­rat­ing a sin­gle-storey rear ex­ten­sion, al­ter­ations and land­scap­ing.

The cur­rent own­ers, Andy and Cara Nix, ac­quired the Prest­wood pub in Fe­bru­ary last year and said they are “de­lighted” the plans have been sub­mit­ted for a dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity as­set.

Mrs Nix, who is lo­cal to Prest­wood, said: “When we bought it we al­ways knew that it could and should con­tinue to op­er­ate as a build­ing that would add value to the vil­lage.

“We were never in the busi­ness of sim­ply mak­ing a quick profit and walk­ing away. We sin­cerely hope you will share this view and sup­port this change.

“We see this change as the best way of turn­ing a con­sis­tently strug­gling pub/restau­rant, in a rela- tively re­mote part of the vil­lage, into a much-needed com­mu­nity as­set.”

The pro­posed nurs­ery would, ac­cord­ing to the plans, be able to ac­com­mo­date 70 chil­dren as well as staff.

Plans re­gard­ing the pub’s fu­ture have been con­tro­ver­sial in the past.

One ap­pli­ca­tion, which pro­posed to build a house, was re­jected due to con­cerns re­lat­ing to the loss of a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

How­ever, a se­nior plan­ning con­sul­tant at Aitchi­son Raf­ferty said that the nurs­ery would have a num­ber of ben­e­fits for the lo­cal area.

He said: “The pro­posed nurs­ery would pro­vide the lo­cal res­i­dents with a much-needed and valu­able com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity, adding to the range of ser­vices avail­able within the vil­lage. The re-use of this va­cant build­ing for a nurs­ery would have a num­ber of eco­nomic ben­e­fits, in- clud­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment, and will help sup­port this ru­ral econ­omy.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion was val­i­dated on March 17 and a de­ci­sion on the pro­pos­als must be made by May 12.

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