The proposals involved the loss of outdoor seating at first-floor level, but the inspector noted that a previous tenant had reported that this was least favoured by customers due to its distance from the bar and a lack of supervision. On the basis of information provided by the appellant confirming that the pub’s future viability was not at risk, he agreed that a smaller "lock-up" pub using just the ground floor was likely to be economically successful.
The inspector was satisfied that all the flats would be of adequate size and that occupiers’ amenity in the first-floor flat could be protected through acoustic mitigation measures in the floor and walls. Although external amenity space would fall below prescribed standards, he judged that enabling beneficial use of a locally listed building outweighed this harm.
Inspector: David Reed; Hearing