Sunday, 22 July 2018

Homes plan for former pub garden

PLANS have been unveiled for two new homes near the former pub in Highmoor, writes David

PLANS have been unveiled for two new homes near the former pub in Highmoor, writes David White.

Henley pub operator and brewer Brakspear, which owns the old Dog and Duck, wants to build the semi-detached houses on land to the south of the pub, which closed in December 2011.

The land is currently an overgrown garden with rough grassland and brambles and Brakspear’s agent says it is “considered to be visually unattractive”.

The planning application says: “The type of accommodation proposed is likely to be occupied by families.

“Those new occupants will contribute to the vitality of the cluster of villages of which Highmoor forms part, namely High Cross, Nettlebed and Peppard, by using the facilities and services that exist in those locations.

“In this case there are multiple economic, social and environmental benefits arising from the development.”

Earlier this year the former pub, which is located on the B481, was occupied by  squatters.

At the time, Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said the building was being used for storage while the company explored plans for the site.

The company already has permission to demolish the old pub building and erect two houses. After the pub closed Brakspear put it on the market to try to recruit another tenant but was unsuccessful.

In March 2012, the company said the pub was “unviable” and offered the freehold for sale for £495,000 plus VAT but no buyers came forward.

Last year, the company was granted planning permission to demolish the building and replace it with a five-bedroom house and convert and extend the adjacent barn into a three-bedroom house.

South Oxfordshire District Council is set to make a decision on the latest application by October 27.

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