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PLANS HALTED: Council reject former church conversion plans despite residents’ concern

 Published on: 4th December 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The county council have rejected plans for the former site of a church in Chalfont St Peter to be turned into 17 new homes.

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) have said no to plans that would have converted the old church into six apartments, demolished the unlisted surrounding buildings and erected a new building with another six flats.

The scheme, which has been in the works since 2018, also included the building of a terrace of three houses, a pair of semi-detached mews houses, a side access ramp and 36 parking spaces.

However, many residents have been against the proposal, with 31 letters of objections being written to BCC in opposition to the original plan back in April.

While there was support for the proposal from Chalfont St Peter Parish Council (though with some objections), the plan was rejected at an East Bucks Area Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, November 16, though with certain conditions.

In opposition to the scheme, Cllr Carl Jackson wrote: “I welcome the decision of the planning committee to reject this application.

“I have no problem with the Baptist Church site being used for housing, but any application must be for a sensible number of properties with adequate parking.

“Furthermore, any new buildings on the site must not be overbearing or cause loss of privacy to neighbouring properties.”

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