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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by tracey mason

22nd May 2014, at 09:08:53

Im not a member of brag, i live in brading, the dark horse i would never have described as a "pub" anyway, more of a restaurant and a good one at that! myself and friends ate there quite a few times and it was always busy! it even had very good reviews from holidaymakers on tripadvisor, a good restaurant with a good reputation will work anywhere, on the other hand if its just left to go derelict it will fit in nicely as an overflow from sandown, the town of derelict buildings thanks to planning haha

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by sue allen

19th May 2014, at 18:45:29

And that would be your unbiased opinion??????

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by Martin Hayles

18th May 2014, at 18:53:58

The majority of complaints came from BRAG, most of which have never, or would never, set foot inside a pub They want the historic nature, aesthetics of the building to stay the same, they are not interested in the Dark Horse being a successful pub, they just don't want it to change - they all need to get a grip, the world is changing, people don't spend every evening down the pub anymore, brading doesn't attract holiday makers or walking trade like it did 20 years ago, nobody will run it as a pub again, do they just want it to stay empty, fall apart and rot......I guess so!

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by Martin Hayles

18th May 2014, at 18:49:19

As I am sure you all know its near impossible to run a successful pub these days on the sale of alcohol alone, most, if not all of the successful pubs these days have large car parks, a safe place for the kids to play, big eating areas, and low cost / large portioned food, this of course requires a lot of seating and a large kitchen. There are a few pubs still surviving on bar snacks and drink if they are sports bars with tv's strapped to the wall. Interestingly the pub across the road from the dark horse is the large eatery with the car park, the pub 100 yards up the road caters for the sports, the dark horse has neither the size / facilities / clientele to compete. Even in Newport there are not 3 pubs within such a short distance that are able to stay open with their volume of punters, As multiple landlords have found out, the dark horse premises will never be viable, that type of pub has gone out of business all over the country, there is not the trade volume in Brading and wont be.

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by Colin Russell

18th May 2014, at 17:38:01

Also sue the new seat's and carpet look nice as well, and safe with the new fire alarm ,,,no one is be littleing the helpers, they have and doing a great job

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by sue allen

18th May 2014, at 17:12:28

Ha ha priceless, I rest my case. Oh by the way you are the only one belittled. My only constructive critism of the theatre are the accoustics. Are you in charge of setting the speakers too high? Ha ha. Off out now so save your last word.....if your capable.

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by Mike Crowe

18th May 2014, at 16:50:01

Thank you Sue, Colin and Steve for once again bringing Shanklin Theatre, and the volunteers of ‘The Friends of Shanklin Theatre’, who make it the terrific success it has become, to the fore.

I am sorry that you didn’t see that what I was saying was, that if the residents of Brading didn’t want the Dark Horse being converted to houses, they should have clubbed together, bought it and run it as a ‘Community Pub’. I tried to explain in a few words, that Shanklin Theatre was saved by people who said “No” to it closing.

Tax? I haven’t a clue. Not interested. My only ‘satisfaction’ now is that a lot of people, a great deal of people, say well done to ‘The Friends’ who work so hard and spend thousands of hours, cleaning, painting, staffing the Box Office, being Ushers etc.

Why don’t you see for yourselves at the next Coffee, Cake ‘n’ Chat on Saturday June 7th and see just what has been done. Take a tour of the Theatre and talk to the people you belittle.

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by sue allen

18th May 2014, at 15:35:18

No you are right, he'll always avoid a question by mentioning the theatre or the speakers being too high. I'm aware like everyone else he thrives on winding people up, so perhaps all his posts should be ignored. Having the last word is his only mission in life.....how sad.

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by Colin Russell

18th May 2014, at 14:31:22

Sue, Steve what's never said by Mr Crowe is the amount of tax payers money was spent on Shanklin Theatre before it was handed over,

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by Mike Crowe

18th May 2014, at 12:36:57

I see a pub in Freshwater has closed.

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