DC Casebook: Community Facilities - Lack of viability shown at hotel and pub

The demolition of a hotel and pub in Hampshire to enable the construction of a 56-bed nursing home has been judged acceptable after an inspector recognised that the existing business is unviable.

The inspector placed weight on information submitted by the appellants demonstrating that six bedrooms at the premises had not been widely used and their loss would not have a significant impact on the supply of tourist accommodation. A function room in the building also appeared to be little used, he determined.

The pub appeared to be widely used but there were other food and drink establishments within walking distance, he noted. Many people supported its retention, he recorded. However, he also remarked that a significant number of letters had been submitted supporting its closure because of associated noise and antisocial behaviour. The need for nursing home accommodation supported his decision to allow the appeal, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-058-222

Inspector Martin Whitehead; Written representations.

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