The George has been a part of the Village for 500 years. Our Mission is to Restore Gt. Missenden’s Last Coaching Inn for the next 500 years at least

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1480’s   Both the buildings that are the The George Inn Great Missenden are constructed

1480 – 2014 Through a succession of owners and through The Tudors, the Stuarts, Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, The Coaching Inn Era and on to the present day. The George Inn has a rich heritage which is recognized by Historic England by listing it Grade 2 star. This listing applies to both buildings. The rear range (courthouse) is now on the At Risk Register

The High Street location is both in a Conservation Area and Great Missenden is in the Heart of the Chilterns’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The George is registered as an Asset of Community Value by Chiltern District Council.

February 2014 The George is purchased by Amplio Developments from Punch Taverns. It is closed and a sign goes up For Sale or To Let

April 2015  Villagers concerned that the buildings are still vacant enquire of the agents and realise that the For Sale and To Let are a process rather than an intention.  It is confirmed that Amplio intend to develop the buildings into residential. There is a rush of support for the Save the George Campaign. Almost immediately the financial backing for the restoration of the buildings is promised.

July 2015  The Amplio plans are published and The Save the George Campaign puts the case against the change of use. Historic buildings experts describe the Amplio plans as equivalent to a tsunami going through the buildings.  Experts in the catering trade confirm that a restored George would be a successful and viable commercial enterprise providing Bar, Restaurant, Function Room & Hotel accommodation. It would provide a hotel presence in he village which the village has lacked since it’s closure in 2014resize2 (800x533)

80 residents independently write to the council objecting to the change of use and many more agree that the buildings should be restored to their primary use. The Local Councillor Seb Berry calls the application to committee.

MP Dame Cheryl Gillan backs the Campaign. and the Chiltern Conservation Board writes in support of the Campaign

March 2016 Chiltern District Council refuse the Amplio Plans. The Decision Notice is clear. It states that the plans present a Very High Level of Harm to the buildings apart from being contrary to the NPPF and the local plan.

The campaign offers Amplio their purchase price for the George £424,800 and has continued to make that offer repeatedly. The money is on the table. But has been refused.

October 2017 Amplio inform C D C that they have sold the right hand portion of the front building to a British Virgin Islands Company

January 2018 Sign goes up. Pub & 3 bed flat above to let. We understand the rent asked for is £30,000 p.a. Is this for real or a part of a process again?

Latest  Amplio Developments have let the village know through it’s Resident’s Association that they intend to resubmit their plans. The piece they have “sold” represents unit one of their previous plans. The rest of the plans are as before (or so we have been told). The execution of these plans would still present a high level of harm to the buildings and deprive the village of it’s oldest Coaching Inn.  The last plans were turned down because the Planning Committee recognised the importance of the George to the village and the contribution it could make to the local economy once restored. They also recognised the high level of harm that conversion would cause and of course the general intention of planning regulations is to preserve community assets and the George is a Big One.  So what has changed?  We believe that a second application will be refused in the same way and for the same reasons. Our offer is still on the table. Our Mission is still the same. We have the resources, We will not waiver. Our sword shall not sleep in our hand until we have restored the George to Great Missenden as a 21st century but Historic Coaching Inn providing Hospitality for the Villagers and Visitors to Great Missenden.