Residents fear pub will replace Fyne
Beaconsfield Society voice concerns at plans for derelict restaurant
South Bucks District Council’s (SBDC) planning committee approved plans to rebuild the porch area, including a bin store, at the former Loch Fyne restaurant, in London End.
The application states the new extension will not be “significantly larger” than the current porch.
The proposals were submitted to the council by pub company Brunning and Price, prompting the Beaconsfield Society to raise concerns a pub would lead to anti-social behaviour in the area.
However, a council officer insisted that the company is not planning to change the use of the building from a restaurant.
Neighbour Matthew Chinery disputed the accuracy of the application, stating a separate proposal for the site has been submitted to the licensing committee, which included a “significant rear extension”.
He added the additional plans also proposed to change the licence of the building.
He said: “All would be well and good if the applicant had the slightest intention of building the site to these plans.
“If any members of this committee also sit on the licensing committee they will also be aware there was an application for that committee for a variation to the premises licence.
“The plans for that application included a significant rear extension labelled as a garden room and a new outdoor terrace at the side of the property, and a new outdoor terrace at the front of the property. I would suggest it would make a mockery of the planning application system if an applicant moved all the controversial aspects out of their proposal, not in an attempt to find compromise but to kneecap objectors with a view to reinstate those same controversial proposals through a subsequent application.”
Mary Willcock, managing director at Brunning and Price, did not dispute Mr Chinery’s statement, however he said the company is not trying to “make a mockery of the system”.
She said: “Our aim is not to try and make a mockery, nor is it to try to railroad through. We are trying to work to get a pragmatic result in this which is working for us as a commercial property, but also working with the community that we are going to be working and living alongside.”
The SBDC case officer added any further extensions cannot be built unless another application had been submitted and approved by the council.
He added the committee can only discuss the application before them - not the additional proposal submitted to the licencing committee.
Councillor Barbara Gibbs raised concerns over the lack of parking, stating she would not support the plans unless all six parking spaces at the front of the restaurant were kept.
Chairman of the committee Cllr Ralph Bagge said there is “plenty of parking within walking distance” but added the extension will not take away precious spaces.
He said: “It is quite clear that most of the customers who go there don’t park in the half dozen spaces in front. I think [the officer] makes a good point, which is what we are requiring is no deterioration of what is already there and protecting and preserving land.”
Councillors approved the plans.