Appeal promise as Brading pub to homes plan rejected

By Richard Wright

Saturday, May 17, 2014

 

PLANNERS have called "time" on an application to convert an historic pub into a pair of houses.

But the planning agent for the owner of the Dark Horse, in Brading High Street, has pledged an appeal will be lodged. A total of 135 letters of objection were lodged against the application to demolish outbuildings and convert the pub and restaurant into a pair of semis.

The application was refused by officers using delegated powers.

Planners decided Brading should not lose a commercial, community facility. They concluded there was an absence of detailed justification to support its loss to the town and the application needed more information on the effect on the heritage asset of Brading.

The application was lodged by planning agent Glen Hepburn on behalf of owner Dean Hopkinson.

"Every effort has been made over several years to run it as a business but it has been proved time and again not to be viable. If it was viable it would be run as a pub," said Mr Hepburn.

"It is not as though the Dark Horse is the last pub in Brading — there are two others very close by.

"If all the people who objected had visited the Dark Horse for a pint it would still be open."

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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