Plans to convert Miltons Indian Restaurant, in Chalfont St Giles, into two houses have been refused by Buckinghamshire County Council.
The reason behind the refusal is that it was deemed the change would result in the loss of a community facility.
The owner, Shafiq Shahjahan, was looking to close the restaurant and turn it into two, two-bedroom houses.
A statement on the planning application read: “Originally, the said building was a residential dwelling and, in 2004, permission was granted to my client to change the use of the restaurant and convert it into one residential dwelling.
“For some personal/health reasons, he couldn’t carry on with the conversion.
“Outside of the defined local shopping centre, there should not be objection to the loss of the Indian restaurant.
“The proposed use of the building as a dwelling house would be in keeping with the predominantly residential character of the locality.
“The existing restaurant is not considered to be a community facility.”
Planning officers at Bucks County Council said: “The proposal would result in the loss of an existing restaurant, which, in the absence of any justification to the contrary, is considered to be a community facility.
“No replacement community facility is proposed, and no marketing has been undertaken to show that there is no demand for an alternative community facility or economic use on this site.”
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