Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By JAS­MINE RAPSON Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

The pro­posed build­ing would ap­pear vis­ually in­tru­sive and over­bear­ing to the oc­cu­piers of this dwelling

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL plans to re­de­velop the site of a his­toric pub in Chal­font St Giles were thrown out by the coun­cil for the third time amid con­cerns over park­ing and the size of the prop­erty.

Pro­pos­als to build a block of flats and cafe where the Mil­tons Head Pub once stood, in Dean­way, were pre­sented to Chiltern District Coun­cil’s (CDC) plan­ning com­mit­tee on De­cem­ber 20.

De­spite coun­cil of­fi­cers rec­om­mend­ing the scheme should be ap­proved, coun­cil­lors binned the lat­est set of pro­pos­als.

They raised con­cerns the planned nine park­ing spa­ces is not enough to serve seven flats, as coun­cil pol­icy states 18 would ac­tu­ally be needed.

Coun­cil­lors also feared the 2.5-storey build­ing would be “vis­ually in­tru­sive and over­bear­ing” for peo­ple liv­ing in the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty. A re­port de­tail­ing the com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion states: “By rea­son of its depth, height and prox­im­ity to the neigh­bour­ing dwelling at 22 Dean­way, the pro­posed build­ing would ap­pear vis­ually in­tru­sive and over­bear­ing to the oc­cu­piers of this dwelling. “Con­se­quently, this would be harm­ful to the ameni­ties and liv­ing con­di­tions of the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty. “The pro­posed scheme de­tails the pro­vi­sion of nine park­ing spa­ces to cu­mu­la­tively serve the seven res­i­den­tial flats and cof­fee shop use, whereas the rel­e­vant devel­op­ment plan pol­icy re­quires the pro­vi­sion of 18 spa­ces in to­tal. “The scheme is there­fore wholly de­fi­cient in park­ing pro­vi­sion.” The pop­u­lar wa­ter­ing hole, which sat op­po­site the home of 16th cen­tury writer John Mil­ton, was gut­ted in a fire in 2017 and the build­ing was quickly de­mol­ished af­ter it was deemed un­safe.

At­tempts to build a gym and apart­ment block, then an­other pub and apart­ment block, have also been thrown out by the coun­cil over the past year.

The lat­est set of pro­pos­als failed to impress res­i­dents who have branded the devel­op­ment “over­bear­ing” as it is “much larger” than the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty.

Con­cerns were also raised over the “haz­ard” of ex­tra traf­fic on the al­ready con­gested street.

The for­mer Mil­tons Head pub in Chal­font St Giles

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