Community pub safeguarded after council wins appeal

Released on January 10, 2018

South Oxfordshire District Council has won a case which sought to establish the residential use of a public house in a South Oxfordshire village.

The council issued an enforcement notice in January 2017 on grounds that The Lamb Inn, in Satwell, Rotherfield Greys, Henley, was being used as a residential property without planning permission.

The enforcement notice gave the pub’s owner nine months to stop unauthorised residential use of the property. However, the owner launched an appeal against the notice.

An independent planning inspector has now dismissed the appeal.

Cllr Felix Bloomfield, South Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for development management and building control, said: “I am delighted with the outcome of the appeal. Purchasing a public house to use as a residential property, without the necessary planning consents in place, is totally unacceptable.

“I hope this sends a strong message that our council will take action whenever is necessary to prevent this from happening and will do what we can to protect public houses for the benefit of local communities.”

The appeal decision was made on 19 December 2017 following an inquiry held on 17 October 2017 and site visit made on 18 October.

Details of the appeal and the inspector’s decision can be viewed via planning.