A much-loved nightclub in Chalfont St Peter is set to be demolished and replaced by homes after Buckinghamshire Council gave the plans the green light yesterday (Tuesday, January 11).
Winkers Nightclub will be forced to shut its doors, following a revised application to build 14 new homes on the green belt site being approved at a planning committee meeting.
Developer Kebbell Homes plan to demolish the current site and build 14 properties across six buildings, four of which would be affordable. The application was approved by councillors, subject to legal agreement being completed.
The site is in the open Green Belt on the outskirts of the settlement of Chalfont St Peter. It comprises the former Winkers Nightclub building, ancillary buildings and car parking area.
The news will come as a blow to some residents, who have previously voiced objections to the plans. One resident of Chalfont St Peter said: “The previous application for eight semi-detached houses had a much lower density and occupied the entire site. The houses had large gardens and the overall impact on the openness of the green belt was far lower.”
Another commented: “It will appear very densely built up and nothing like Green Belt and the proposed open space would contribute nothing to the scene from Denham Lane because it would not be visible.”
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council said: “We have no objection to the amended application and will accept Buckinghamshire Council planning case officer’s recommendation.”
Andrea Fawell, Sales and Marketing Director of Kebbell Homes told MyLocalNews: “Kebbell Homes is a family-owned housebuilder based locally in Beaconsfield.
“We have been working hard in consultation with the planning officers at Bucks County Council to propose a well-designed small scheme on this brownfield site, which will provide much-needed housing that reflects the rural surroundings and includes affordable housing.”
A spokesperson for Buckinghamshire Council said following the decision: “The planning application was discussed at the Planning Committee meeting on January 11 and members agreed to delegate the decision to the Director of Planning, subject to conditions and the prior approval of a legal agreement, to secure affordable housing. This means the planning permission will be issued when the legal agreement has been completed.”
To view the planning application, search PL/20/0586/FA on Buckinghamshire Council Planning Portal.