Pub plans on hold for review

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PLANS to bulldoze a pub in Newthorpe and build seven houses on the land have been put on hold while reviews are carried out.

Following strong local opposition to keep the Foresters Arms open, pub owners Greene King have decided to review trade at the pub, and at other surrounding pubs, and make a decision to ‘ensure the continuing viability of each of the businesses within the area’.

The news came in a letter from the brewery Greene King to MP Anna Soubry, who backed the customers campaign to keep the pub open.

But the letter has left question marks over the future of other pubs in the area with Greene King deciding to review trade across the area and Ms Soubry now plans to write back asking for clarity.

“Their decision to halt the plans is good news, and they’ve listened to the public which is great. But it’s not very clear why they would carry out a review of all pubs in the area,” she said.

“I hope the review will either lead to more investment in the Foresters or Greene King will decide to sell it as a going concern so it remains a great community facility.”

The letter to Ms Soubry from brewery director Simon Longbottom read: “Based on the local objections I have decided to conduct a review of all our trading pubs in the area. The conclusions of this review will be considered, and appropriate decisions will be made to ensure the continuing viability of each of the businesses within the area.”

Pub regular Andy Hankin was pleased his campaign had been listened to. “It’s brilliant news. Fantastic,” he said.

Regulars launched a campaign to save their village pub after a planning application was submitted to build housing on the land. They handed a petition with over 700 signatures to Ms Soubry.

The application was withdrawn last month for minor amendments, but Greene King said at the time they would re-submit it – however that has now been put on hold.