Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Pub could re-open after all

PLANS to re-open the White Lion at Crays Pond have been resurrected.

Satwinder Sandhu, who bought the former Greene King pub in 2013, has asked South Oxfordshire District Council for a licence to serve alcohol until midnight every day.

He also wants permission to play recorded or live music, either inside and outside, from noon to midnight and to open from 8.30am to 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

He has named Robert Blues, landlord of the Butcher’s Arms in Sonning Common, as the premises supervisor.

Mr Sandhu has been living at the property without planning permission since taking over.

He was denied retrospective consent to convert the pub into a home in 2014 and lost a planning appeal the following year when he was given a year to leave.

When he failed to go, he was prosecuted and last year was ordered to pay £1,500 in fines and court costs.

Mr Sandhu had also requested planning permission to re-open the pub with a new bed and breakfast block at the back and two new houses, which would have been available to rent.

He said the pub was no longer viable but the income from the rooms and the houses could have subsidised it.

He withdrew his application after council planning officers said they wouldn’t be approved.

Mr Sandhu told the Henley Standard he was hoping for a “positive resolution” to the issue.

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