Thursday, 26 November 2020

Village pub set to re-open with four houses on site

A PUB which closed more than 12 years ago could be restored to its former glory.

A PUB which closed more than 12 years ago could be restored to its former glory.

A planning application has been submitted to Wycombe District Council to demolish the former Walnut Tree pub in Roundhouse Lane, Fawley, and rebuild it with three letting rooms.

The development would also include four houses with between two and four bedrooms each.

The pub closed in 2003 and a subsequent application to convert it into a house was rejected.

Now it has been bought by a resident operating under the name the Walnut Tree (Fawley) Ltd.

A design and access statement prepared by Henley architects Spratley Studios says: “The proposal seeks to remove the existing dilapidated and abandoned public house and various attached and detached storage and ancillary structures to allow for the development of the site to include a traditional British pub in local vernacular style with the addition of housing.”

The housing would allow for the “viability of the development of the overall site and revival of a once flourishing, local pub”. The statement continued: “The public house will consist of a traditional village pub along with a restaurant to the rear, overlooking the rolling Chiltern Hills.

“On the first floor are several letting suites designed with a ‘country feel’ to add to the overall experience. The aim is that the Walnut Tree Pub, Grill and Rooms will become a landmark of the local community.”

The plans include 35 customer and staff parking spaces, including two disabled spaces. There would be eight private spaces for residents — two per house — and two visitor spaces. Ten bicycle racks would also be provided.

The site is the hub of a number of public rights of way in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so is passed by countless walkers, riders and cyclists.

The Henley-based Open Spaces Society said the revival of the pub would be popular with local people.

General secretary Kate Ashbrook said: “It’s not often that we support a planning application but we are pleased to back this one.

“The pub was a valuable facility for people who visit the Chilterns to enjoy the public paths and beautiful scenery and we hope that walkers, riders and cyclists will soon be able to frequent it again. The building has remained derelict and an eyesore for too long.”

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