Hub boss defends plans for live-in accommodation after council objection

The Hub, Aston Clinton, August 2014
The Hub, Aston Clinton, August 2014

Plans for live-in manager’s accommodation at The Hub in Aston Clinton have been objected to by the parish council – despite confusion over whether it had previously said they backed the proposals.

An application has been submitted by Hub boss Gary Brennan asking for permission to change the former small bar area into a small studio flat with a bathroom.

Documents state that the small bar counter would be separated with wood and ‘sound proofing to allow privacy’ and an extra door will be installed to allow access to the living quarters.

At a meeting of Aston Clinton Parish Council last week, councillors discussed the application and resolved to object to the plans.

However, councillor Jean Savigar – who was newly elected to the council in June – questioned the decision by highlighting minutes from a meeting in February.

She said: “We have just objected to the planning application yet here in the minutes from February this year, where Mr Brennan was present, it says if he were to submit a planning application for change of use, the council would support him. I think that is confusing.”

Members of the public were left aghast after chairman Richard Maskell and clerk Angela Casey claimed they knew nothing of the planning application.

One said: “It amazes me that you say you have no idea about this application, yet it has been on the AVDC website since the 29th of July.”

Another said: “Can I make a suggestion that the clerk checks the planning section of the AVDC website each week ?”

Planning applications are also published in The Bucks Herald on a weekly basis.

Mr Brennan, who took over The Hub – a sports bar and restaurant – in 2012, said: “They have no reason to object, because I have done it by the book.

“It’s a 17-hour day job, but eventually, I’m going to employ a live-in manager like at The Oak and The Bell.”

Planners are due to make a final decision on the application by September 18.