Village pub plan given the go ahead

The owner of a pub, which has been closed for 18 months, said he hopes to start a bed and breakfast business after planned alterations were approved.

Richard Grey’s proposals to build two outbuildings, put up a 1.8 metre fence and an external steel flue at the Rose and Crown in Bridge Street were granted planning consent on Wednesday.

The plans had come under scrutiny as one of the outbuildings, which will be set 18 metres away from the Grade II listed pub, is to be used as a food preparation area and it was thought this would contravene hygiene regulations.

However, a food and safety officer ruled that this would not be a problem provided food was carried to and from the building in lidded containers.

Mr Grey, who owns the pub with his partner Laura, said this method was “common practice”.

“I am just pleased the plans have been approved and we can move on,” he said. “There has been a lot of fuss.”

The 19th century pub, which is currently up for sale, has been closed since November 2011.

Some residents had claimed Mr Grey’s proposals were out of character with the pub and would have a detrimental impact on the area.

Mr Grey said he would continue to try to sell the pub but, in the meantime, was looking to start up a bed and breakfast business.

“The first shed will be finished by the end of the summer and the remaining temporary outbuilding removed,” he added.