Residents and councillors have come together to voice their strong objections to plans to demolish a pub in Chalfont St Peter, with the site earmarked for a housing development.
The Waggon & Horses pub in Copthall Lane currently has a demolition application filed against it, much to the dismay of many locals, who feel it has historical significance to the village.
The application, made by a Mr Andrew Pegley, on behalf of Gerrards Cross Homes Ltd, was subject to a consultation period which lasted until 7 March and in that time tens of residents objected along with councillors and the parish council.
One resident, Laurie Roberts, said: “I am objecting to the proposed demolition, for the following reasons as it is listed on the Heritage Asset Register.
“It has a history dating back to at least 1838, and is one of the few remaining buildings in Gravel Hill that were demolished to make way for the bypass.
“Time should be allowed for an application for listed status to be reviewed.
“It is the only public house in Chalfont Common, and the view of many locals is that it should remain a public house as a community asset to further the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community.”
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council also objected.
In their formal response, they said: “The Waggon and Horses is a building of historical significance in the village.
“The importance of the site is highlighted by its inclusion within our Neighbourhood Plan Heritage Asset Register.
“It is the only public house on the Chalfont Common side of the village and one of a very few community facilities on this side of the village.
“To lose such a historically significant building from the village would be highly detrimental.”
The application will now be considered following the end of the consultation period.
To view the application visit Chiltern District Council’s planning webpage and search for PL/19/0474.