THAME: Appeal after flats plans thrown out

The old police station in Greyhound Lane, Thame
The old police station in Greyhound Lane, Thame

A councillor says he is disappointed after developers lodged an appeal against a decision to reject flats in Thame’s police station.

However, Churchill Retirement Ltd dismissed his comments saying they were ‘entitled to appeal’ the verdict.

David Bretherton, Lib Dem councillor for Thame North said he felt that the developers’ plans were not appropriate for Thame, as the fall-out from proposals to build 45 one and two bed apartments continues.

A planning application for the flats, on land in Greyhound Lane, which was previously the home to the police station were submitted in March.

The application was turned down, but developers have appealed and an inquiry will be held in January.

Cllr Bretherton said: “We don’t think this is a good development for the people of Thame both in terms of the design and environmentally.”

Churchill Homes planning director Andrew Burgess said: “It is an entirely legitimate process and we are entitled to appeal.”

Thame Town Council’s objections to the plans included that it was an overdevelopment of the site and that there was a lack of on-site parking.

However, Mr Burgess responded by saying: “We feel the design is perfectly acceptable.

“We can see no issues with parking either.

“So far we have had mixed feedback regarding the plans but some residents have been supportive.”