Rejected: Plans for ‘alien’ flats development on site of old Britannia pub

The boarded-up Britannia pub in Aylesbury
The boarded-up Britannia pub in Aylesbury

The district council has refused an application to build 14 apartments on the site of the old Britannia pub in Aylesbury, saying the development would appear ‘alien’ in proportion with other buildings at the site.

In a letter to developers Justpubs Limited, Aylesbury Vale District Council said the development in Buckingham Road ‘would appear unduly bulky, alien in proportion and out of keeping with its surroundings’.

“The proposal would be an assertive addition to the street scene which would be out of scale with its immediate neighbours and would detract from the setting of two nearby listed buildings.”

They added that the apartments would reduce the amount of light and the privacy enjoyed by people living in neighbouring properties and the access road serving the parking area is inadequate because of its width and how close it was to the proposed development.

Fourteen flats with six parking spaces would also have led to ‘increased demand for on-street parking in an area with limited availability of such parking spaces’.

The pub has a long history of opening and then closing months later. It most recently shut down in March when Punch Taverns sold the property, which had been on the market since 2012.