Loss of pub acceptable given lack of local opposition

The conversion and extension of a public house in Hampshire which also served as a live music venue to provide 19 student flats has been approved in part due to the lack of local opposition.

In support of the scheme the appellant stated that the existing use was not viable. The council asserted that the building and use was a community asset which should be retained. Alternatively, the space could be suitable for an alternative community use or as a shop. One local resident supported the council’s position.

Little evidence had been submitted by the appellant to show that the existing use was unviable, the inspector concluded. On the other hand, the council had not demonstrated that it was a valued local facility which should be retained. In his opinion no justification for the retention of the pub had been proven and its loss would not harm the delivery of social, recreational or cultural facilities that the community needed.

Inspector: David Hogger; Written representations


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