Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Residents take issue with pub refurb proposal

PLANS have been submitted to refurbish the Bottle and Glass pub in Binfield Heath have been

PLANS have been submitted to refurbish the Bottle and Glass pub in Binfield Heath have been criticised by neighbours.

The pub, a grade II listed building, was bought by the Phillimore Estate from Brakspear for more than £400,000 in August last year.

The plans would see a proposed two—storey extension with refurbishment and alterations to the existing extension and refurbishment of the pub. The existing car park would be relocated to the rear of the site and an infill three—bedroom property built.

The application has received the support of Binfield Heath Parish Council and several residents.

But neighbour Clare Lynch, of Heath Drive, objected saying: “The speed with which the applications have turned from refurbishment to development is unusual, as plans for such a big development were not locally expected.

“I am concerned by escalation of traffic in Bones Lane that would surprise dog walkers, cyclists and horses, with cars suddenly coming from behind the pub. A house in the car park would spoil the Bottle and Glass character.”

Joe Douglas, who lives at Sunnyview on Harpsden Road, said: “I write to respectfully oppose the above planning applications that  far exceed the type of refurbishment locally expected for this pub.

“I do however fully support alternative and reasonable refurbishment to the Bottle and Glass that does not infringe or disturb the historical peace and quiet of the pub’s only direct neighbour, Sunnyview.

“It is very important to note that Sunnyview has always remained a charmingly peaceful place to live for the past and current resident. The pub has always been a peaceful neighbour and has never disturbed the atmosphere of peace and birdsong of Sunnyview’s charm.”

Mr Douglas said he was “recovering from a nationally—publicised near fatal road traffic accident”.

“Peace and quiet is accordingly important to me as my senses are heightened due to now being partially sighted. This is why I live at Sunnyview,” he added.

“Unfortunately, somehow neither I nor previous residents of Sunnyview have ever been consulted by commercial advisers to the Phillimore Estate in respect of these planning applications, and now these plans have finally been made public they far exceed expectation of a simple local desire to re—open this old pub we all know and love in a sustainable manner.”

Adrian Beales, of Savills, which handled the purchase of the estate, said: “The family are very keen to have a local pub and a community facility and that’s really why we’re doing it.”

The pub would be let and it is hoped the tenant would sell beer from the Loddon Brewery, which is brewed on the estate in Dunsden.

The purchase was the latest twist for the Bottle and Glass, which has had several landlords in recent years. The most recent was former Goring parish councillor Anthony Ewen, who took over in April 2013.

The parish council registered the pub as an asset of community value with South Oxfordshire District Council. This power was introduced in the 2011 Localism Act and gives communities six months to bid on a property before it can be sold on the open market. Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, is due to decide on the application by August 6.

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