The overriding concern in the case was not the loss of the public house as a community use but its loss in principle in terms of its contribution to the character of the conservation area and the harm the replacement building would have on that character and the setting of nearby listed buildings. The inspector noted the village was characterised by ironstone buildings around a medieval street layout. He acknowledged the appeal site building was at odds with this general character as it was of more modern design in the Brewer’s Tudor style probably built between the World Wars, but accepted that it made a positive contribution to the appearance and character of the conservation area and was worthy of its non-designated heritage asset status afforded it by the council. This was mainly for its historical contribution to the character of the conservation area. In terms of the proposed replacement retail store, some 700 square metres in size, the inspector held the arrangement of the proposed building, including form, materials and detailing would not hold its own against the distinctive architectural context of the conservation area and listed buildings nearby.
Inspector: Patrick Whelan; Hearing