Monday, 23 October 2017

Listed pub extension proposals withdrawn

PLANS for a two-storey extension at a pub in Checkendon have been withdrawn.

PLANS for a two-storey extension at a pub in Checkendon have been withdrawn.

Brakspear, which owns the Four Horseshoes in Main Street, wanted to add four bedrooms for customers.

But South Oxfordshire District Council planning officers said the scheme was out of keeping with the Grade II listed building and warned the company that planning permission was likely to be refused.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “The council wasn’t going to allow it, which is a great shame, so it seemed a waste of time continuing. They didn’t feel a two-storey extension on a one-storey pub was in keeping with the building’s heritage and who am I to argue with that? That pub has always struggled to make money and we’re looking at alternatives but I’m afraid it looks like we’re running out of options.”

Checkendon Parish Council had objected to the extension, saying: “It is a disjointed lofty construction that does not suit this building and would be extremely conspicuous.”

Landlords Chris Rainey and Vicky Taylor, who took over the pub in February last year, were not available for comment. The couple took over from John and Ann Cook, who took charge in August 2011 but left six months later.

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