This Wednesday we had the privilege of being visited by ‘Pub Champion’ Greg Mulholland. Greg is the chair of the British Pub Confederation. When Greg learnt of our fight to save our pub, he kindly volunteered his wealth of experience and provided valuable advice on the group’s statement of case and has lodged his own objection too. Greg was pleased with our efforts and we were reassured that our case is strong and well presented.
The British Pub Confederation is a national voice for pubs, publicans and pub campaigners. The British Pub Confederation comprises of thirteen leading pub sector organisations representing the non corporate interests of the sector.
Did you catch Susanna and Parish Council Chairman on Radio Kennet this morning?
Great article and support from The Newbury Weekly News about the community trying to save The White Hart from the developers!
Don’t forget to please get your objections in to Planning Inspectorate in support of West Berkshire Councils decision to refuse planning before 19th Jan!
Thank you David for your continuing support.
From: BENYON, Richard
Sent: 21 December 2017 11:20
To: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ <email@example.com>
Subject: Appeal reference: APP/W0340W/17/3185410
I write to support the decision by West Berkshire Council Planning Department to refuse the change of use from public house (Class A4) to four dwellings houses (Class C3) and associated external alterations, landscaping and car parking. The reference number for this application was 15/02727/FULD and the Appeal reference is APP/W0340W/17/3185410
The White Hart is perfectly viable as a public house as has been proved by many similar pubs that operate in West Berkshire. There is enormous support from the local community to make any new operator of these premises as a public house, be able to run a successful business. The White Hart can service a supportive local community but could also attract business from the nearby towns of Newbury and Hungerford.
As someone who has been actively involved with campaigns to keep pubs open in West Berkshire, I can confirm that I reject the idea that it is uneconomic for this property to remain as public house. I hope the appeal will recognise the very strong case made to Wwest Berkshire Council Planning Department and uphold the decision to refuse the change of use from a public house to 4 dwellings.
The Rt Hon Richard Benyon
Member of Parliament for Newbury
The appeal has now been confirmed and a reference issued. Any objections (representations) must be made by the 19th of January. See the Home page for further details.
I and others have noticed a few comings and goings down at the White Hart lately and it doesn’t look like it’s the usual folk that have been residing there in all the spare accommodation.
It could be positive news for the Pub opening again. However, the team have not been approached by any representative or prospective tenant as yet. We’ll keep you posted.
Yesterday, Anne Budd was successful in having the White Hart Inn recommended by a panel of experts to be locally listed. West Berks Council will now need to ratify this recommendation.
To have the WHI locally listed is an important step; whilst there is no guarantee that should the owner of the WHI go to appeal, that the appeal will not be granted. However, indications are that the appeal would most likely – not be successful.
Thank you again to Anne for all her hard work.
Thank you to Anne Budd, campaign member and parish councillor for all your hard work in putting together this submission.
Fingers crossed, as we the villagers know full well the White Hart is of exceptional local significance and value. Hopefully the pub will open again one day and fulfil it’s true role in serving the community.
The Save the White Hart campaign team were pleased to learn recently that the owner, having failed on her second attempt to obtain planning permission for change of use, is now focusing on getting a tenant in place to re-open the pub. We understand there is now increased flexibility on the price. Interested parties are urged to contact the agent Tim Widdows on 0118 4021652 to arrange viewings.
While some remain sceptical about the sincerity of this information, considering that there is no mention of furthering the length of the lease, the Campaign Team remain optimistic.
To date, the owner has not decided to appeal. This option remains open to the owner for a further 3 months.