Latest News about the Kings Head
Message from Cara Nix
We are delighted to let the local community know that the application to create a childrens day nursery at the Kings Head in Prestwood was finally approved by the planning committee at the council meeting on 20th July.
We would like to say a huge thank you for all the support that the
application has received. We believe the nursery will have a golden future.
Andy and Cara Nix
“Following discussion at Thursday’s CDC planning committee meeting, a decision on the Kings Head planning application was deferred in order to obtain a clearer picture on the traffic impacts on the site. It was noted that the principle of whether change of use was acceptable was established with an appeal decision on the Bull at Bellingdon, when the Inspector decided that a nursery was a community asset.”
Cara Nix writes (updated 16th June 2017):
From the current owners of the Kings Head, Prestwood.
“We are delighted to inform you that a planning application has been submitted for a change of use for the building, from a public house, to a different asset of community value, a children`s day nursery.
As you may be aware we acquired the pub in February last year.
We are both local people and sensitive to local needs and views.
When we bought it we always knew that it could and should continue to operate as a building that would add value to the village. We were never in the business of simply making a quick profit and walking away. We sincerely hope you will share this view and support this change.
In the last year we have worked hard to sell the property as a going concern, please check the planning application Ref. No: CH/2017/0440/FA, appendix 1 details all the pub and brewery chains contacted, all to no avail.
We have spoken to many people and assessed the local community facilities and a children’s day nursery was highlighted as a desperately needed asset.
This is our first communication with the forum, although we have read comments with interest. We decided not to respond to the comments made, inaccurate as some were, until we had concrete news to tell. We would, however, like to make it absolutely clear that we “gazumped” nobody, but have been accused of doing so. The facts are that the property was on the open market with Savills in Southampton. We made an offer for the freehold and it was accepted. At no time were we informed that any other offer was on the table.
The group of Prestwood businessmen, interested in buying the property, consists of two individuals, one of whom purchased the Travellers Rest public house on the High Street in the village. This building was shortly afterwards demolished and replaced with housing. Morally, and socially, we cannot be certain of their motives for wanting to buy this property.
Inevitably there will be differences of opinion about what we are proposing, change is often viewed negatively.
We see this change as the best way of turning a consistently struggling pub/restaurant, in a relatively remote part of the village, into a much needed community asset.
We hope that you are able to take some time to look at the details in the planning application Ref. No: CH/2017/0440/FA and that the community will support the application.”
Andy & Cara Nix
Note from PVA: If the links under the planning application reference do not work, please go to this location: https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/online-applications/ and enter this reference and you should be able to find it. CH/2017/0440/FA