PLANS to turn a former Henley pub into a house are being opposed by the town council.
Brakspear wants to convert the Rose and Crown, which is Grade II listed and the only remaining pub in New Street, into a six-bedroom home.
The company shut the pub in September, saying it was no longer viable. But members of the town council’s planning committee claim the business should be able to turn a profit and are to ask South Oxfordshire District Council to designate the pub an asset of community importance.
If they are successful, Brakspear will only be allowed to sell the property to the community during its first six months on the market.
The scheme was introduced in the 2011 Localism Act to give local bidders enough time to raise the money to buy it.