Saturday, 21 July 2018

Bid to have old coaching inn listed would fail

A FORMER coaching inn in Peppard should be listed, says a resident.

A FORMER coaching inn in Peppard should be listed, says a resident.

Ian Heriot, of Church Lane, has asked the parish council to request that Historic England protects the former Dog Inn, off the B481.

It comes after London developer RG9 Properties applied for planning permission to knock down the outbuildings at the pub and build a three-bedroom house.

A decision by South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee is due any day.

The pub is currently vacant after the Daisy’s at the Dog café closed at the end of last year, only nine months after it opened. It was previously the Ristorante Reno restaurant, which was only open for a few months and before that the Ruchetta restaurant, which ran successfully for several years.

Mr Heriot told the Henley Standard: “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 it is of 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. I am not an expert, I just raised the issue with the council and will let them run with it.”

Speaking at a Peppard Parish Council meeting, Councillor Tony Rancombe said anyone could apply to have a building to be listed, regardless of whether they owned it.

He continued: “If we are going to support this we need all the facts — does it have history and merit?”

Councillor Fiona Berry said she had looked at the history of the building and checked this against the criteria for listing and it did not match any.

However, because it was in the conservation area there was some extra protection under planning policy, such as the building being in keeping with the area.

Councillor Veronica Treacher suggested seeking advice from South Oxfordshire District Council’s conservation officer about the historical value of the building.

She added: “It has merit because it is historically important for our village. We’re interested in its future and what might happen, being its development or otherwise.”

Cllr Berry replied: “It was a coaching inn and that’s it. Historically, there are lots of them and they’re not listed.”

Cllr Valerie Ross said the age of a building was not relevant to a listing.

Speaking from the public gallery Fred Nickson, of Stoke Row Road, warned the council would be wasting its time trying to have the old pub listed as it had to be on architectural grounds and the Dog Inn was “nothing” architecturally.

He added: “I went through it with Vine Lodge, which I thought would have a good five out of 10 chance but it did not even get close.”

Property Specialists (UK) was granted planning permission to demolish Vine Lodge, off Peppard Hill, and build two five-bedroom houses in its place.

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