The appellants submitted evidence to demonstrate that the surrounding area was served by a range of social and community facilities, including other pubs, that were accessible to local residents. To offset the loss of the pub they submitted a legal agreement providing a financial contribution towards the cost of building a community hall adjacent to a church.
In the absence of any contrary evidence from the council, the inspector agreed that the community hall would provide an appropriate replacement facility. Although the council had identified the appeal site as having potential for a mixed-use development including retailing, she found that it was not allocated for retail development and lay outside the busy and vibrant district centre. She was satisfied that demolition of the pub would not harm the centre's vitality and viability.
DCS Number 100-051-213
Inspector Rebecca Phillips; Inquiry.