Friday, 20 July 2018

Former coaching inn set to be turned into two houses

A FORMER coaching inn on Peppard Common could be returned to use as a house.

A FORMER coaching inn on Peppard Common could be returned to use as a house.

RG9 Living, of London, wants to convert former coffee shop Daisy’s at the Dog, off the B481, into a three- bedroom house.

It comes after the developer was granted planning permission to convert outbuildings on the site into a house.

The former pub is currently vacant after the café closed at the end of last year, just nine months after it opened.

It was previously Ristorante Reno, which was only open for a few months, and before that was the Ruchetta restaurant, which ran successfully for several years.

RG9 Living wants to extend the property and create three parking spaces within a courtyard accessed from the lay-by outside.

The two oldest parts of the building would be retained, the later additions removed and a new two-storey extension built, creating an entrance from the parking area.

There would also be a new staircase, study, bathroom and additional  bedroom.

The former bar would be used as the sitting room, the kitchen as the dining room and the former restaurant would become a new kitchen, utility area and play rooms. The application says: “The proposals are to demolish a series of one- and two-storey additions and extend and alter the existing main building to form a three-bedroom house with garden and off-road parking area.

“The premises have had a variety of uses… but originally it was a house.”

The core of the building dates from the 16th or 17th centuries and a brick extension was added in the early 19th century.

In the 20th century a number of features was added including an entrance lobby, ground floor toilets, kitchens and an extension to the restaurant, most of which the developer says are “unsightly”.

The application says: “The two-storey addition is not unattractive but has no particular significance other than perhaps in creating a junction point with the timber-framed element which could be used in future proposals.

“The historic core of the remaining main building was originally a house but centuries of alterations to adapt it to other uses have resulted in many features that do not suit domestic life and adversely affect its appearance.

“The small front door opens directly on to the main ground floor room; probably unsuitable for a house and unlikely to relate to any parking areas [which] will be needed. Internally, the original stair is very narrow and steep.”

The previous application was for the demolition of the outbuildings and construction of a three-bedroom house that would be accessed from the lay-by.

RG9 Living says it will go ahead with these plan regardless of the outcome of the latest application to South Oxfordshire District Council.

In May, before the first application was approved, a villager asked the Peppard Parish Council to request that Historic England protects the building.

Ian Heriot, of Church Lane, said at the time: “It’s never going to be commercial there and clearly it has been bought by someone with an eye to redevelop it as a residential property.

“It seems to me a good idea to preserve the nature of the building because of its historical significance and it’s in a prominent position.

“It’s in the conservation area so I would doubt it would be bulldozed but it could altered in a way that might not be suitable for the area and the building itself, which is about 400 years old.

“We don’t want to lose that kind of asset. If it was listed it would offer considerable protection.”

Councillor Fiona Berry said the history of the building did not match any of the criteria for listing and Fred Nickson, of Stoke Row Road, said the building was “nothing” architecturally.

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