The former Live and Let Live pub on the edge of Booker Common, west of High Wycombe in Bucks, has been extended and converted into a private house, with planning permission for two houses on the adjacent land, which was the pub car-park.
A public bridleway runs past the site and it appears that the converted house has encroached on it. The bridleway should surely extend to the two fences on the left in the picture below, now underneath the house’s new forecourt.
Vigilant Wycombe district councillor Brian Peace invited Corinne Waldron, rights-of-way officer from Buckinghamshire County Council (the highway authority), and me to visit the site.
Corinne has agreed to investigate whether the new house has encroached on the bridleway and to contact the owner.
We also need to ensure that when the houses are built next door, there is no further encroachment.
However, I was concerned to see that there was new fencing on the common a little way along the bridleway, running parallel to Willow Avenue. I’ve asked Corinne to investigate that too, since it does not have the necessary ministerial consent under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.
Corinne will let us know when she has carried out her research.