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NORTH PARK: Chalfont St Peter residents object plans for new apartment block 

 Published on: 10th February 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans to demolish an existing property and replace it with a new apartment block have been opposed by local residents and Chalfont St Peter Parish Council.

The plans have been opposed on grounds of overlooking and inadequate parking.

Aquinna Homes has applied for permission to demolish a two-storey, detached property on North Park, to make way for a three-storey block of five two-bedroom apartments.

The latter will include rear balconies, 10 parking spaces and a shared back garden.

Parish council officers stated in an objection report that the newbuild is large and bulky compared to neighbours. Claiming that it will be out of keeping with the street scene. 

The report read: “The new build’s “increased density on site would result in a significant detrimental impact on the designated Burnham Beeches Special Area of Conservation.”

The report also mentioned it would “appear overbearing when viewed from the rear garden” of a neighbour.

Comments by local people stated: “This will increase noise and pollution in a conservation area. The development will impact the view into the conservation area and is unsightly especially with the planned car-park at the end of the property.”

Another objection read: “This plan continues to be excessively large for the site, poorly laid out so far as access and parking are concerned. 

“There is little room for parking for visitors and poor access for refuse disposal contractors and delivery operatives.”

John Strange, land director at Aquinna Homes said: “There is a strong need for this type of accommodation within a level walk of the village centre, such as this site, and we have been working with the officers at Buckinghamshire Council to seek a resolution to their concerns over the size of the development notwithstanding the existing apartments adjacent and opposite.

“Unfortunately, we have reached an impasse and it seems that the planning application is to go to the Planning Committee tomorrow with a recommendation for a refusal. This is disappointing as we believe that the scheme has been amended to respond to officers. ”

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