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Gisburn pub to stay shut after revamp plan rejected

Lancashire Telegraph: Gisburn pub to stay shut after revamp plan rejected Gisburn pub to stay shut after revamp plan rejected

ATTEMPTS to revive the last surviving pub in a Ribble Valley village have failed after a second refurbishment plan was rejected.

The White Bull Hotel in Gisburn will remain closed for at least a further four months after proposals for an interior revamp were thrown out by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The Grade II listed pub closed last November ahead of the proposed facelift, with owners Star Pubs and Bars also searching for a new tenant.

A previous refurbishment plan was rejected in February this year.

The pub was established in 1865 and was became the sole pub in the village after the closure of The New Inn, Ribblesdale Arms and The Commercial.

The owners said they intended to appeal the decision.

Gisburn resident David Waters said: “The plans to refurbish The White Bull have once again been rejected on the grounds that they are harmful to the character and significance of the listed building.

“They are supposed to take a balanced approach to planning decisions.

“What about the social harm being caused to the local community, the loss to the local economy and the loss of local employment opportunities by it being closed?

“I've written to Nigel Evans MP to update him on the situation and asked him if he can intervene so we can get our pub open again.”

In a statement regarding the council’s decision, John Heap, the council’s director of community services said: “The proposals have an unduly harmful impact upon the character and significance of the listed building.”

A spokeswoman from Star Pubs and Bars said: “We were very disappointed to have our second planning application turned down, especially when we had endeavoured to address the concerns of the planning department and have justified the works in line with government guidance.

“We do not intend to radically change the look of the pub and so were surprised when further objections were given as the reason for refusing planning permission.

“We are acutely aware of the special status of this Grade II listed building and have proposed a respectful and sensitive scheme of minor works.

“This latest decision will once again delay the re-opening of the pub.”

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1:51pm Sat 28 Jun 14

drunken donut says...

Ribble Valley Borough Council are overseeing the concreting over of the area but won't give planning permission for the refurbishment of a pub, maybe the brown envelope isn't thick enough.
Ribble Valley Borough Council are overseeing the concreting over of the area but won't give planning permission for the refurbishment of a pub, maybe the brown envelope isn't thick enough. drunken donut
  • Score: 34

10:03pm Sat 28 Jun 14

PlasticD says...

It looks like it will be going the same way as the Talbot in Chipping. RV planning cannot stop any of the major housing developments, so they like to flex their puny muscles to justify their existance, by leaving commercial buildings empty and looking an eyesore.
It looks like it will be going the same way as the Talbot in Chipping. RV planning cannot stop any of the major housing developments, so they like to flex their puny muscles to justify their existance, by leaving commercial buildings empty and looking an eyesore. PlasticD
  • Score: 17

12:53am Sun 29 Jun 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Someone doesn't know the right someone..... Same council will be moaning when the building is boarded up and derelict.
Someone doesn't know the right someone..... Same council will be moaning when the building is boarded up and derelict. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 13

1:52pm Sun 29 Jun 14

drunken donut says...

PlasticD wrote:
It looks like it will be going the same way as the Talbot in Chipping. RV planning cannot stop any of the major housing developments, so they like to flex their puny muscles to justify their existance, by leaving commercial buildings empty and looking an eyesore.
Well said, anyone who doesn't think that there is wholesale corruption involved in the planning process is probably asleep.
[quote][p][bold]PlasticD[/bold] wrote: It looks like it will be going the same way as the Talbot in Chipping. RV planning cannot stop any of the major housing developments, so they like to flex their puny muscles to justify their existance, by leaving commercial buildings empty and looking an eyesore.[/p][/quote]Well said, anyone who doesn't think that there is wholesale corruption involved in the planning process is probably asleep. drunken donut
  • Score: 13

4:47pm Sun 29 Jun 14

ghost of sceptic says...

i lived in Gisburn and it is a real shame to see the heart of the village has been ripped out with the closure of the New inn , travellers and ribblesdale arms. Gisburn is just a place to pass through now. I do hope common sense will prevail at RVBC, wot with all the houses passed for planning against the wishes of the local communitys in the borough this looks a pointless and futile piece of legislation from those involved in stopping the re opening of this once vibrant hub of the village.
i lived in Gisburn and it is a real shame to see the heart of the village has been ripped out with the closure of the New inn , travellers and ribblesdale arms. Gisburn is just a place to pass through now. I do hope common sense will prevail at RVBC, wot with all the houses passed for planning against the wishes of the local communitys in the borough this looks a pointless and futile piece of legislation from those involved in stopping the re opening of this once vibrant hub of the village. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 9

11:05pm Mon 30 Jun 14

cloud99 says...

"John Heap, the council’s director of community services said: “The proposals have an unduly harmful impact upon the character and significance of the listed building.”

Never heard such rubbish in my life.
What about the plans for Mill Lane in the village? I bet they go through without a hitch.
"John Heap, the council’s director of community services said: “The proposals have an unduly harmful impact upon the character and significance of the listed building.” Never heard such rubbish in my life. What about the plans for Mill Lane in the village? I bet they go through without a hitch. cloud99
  • Score: 8

8:40am Tue 1 Jul 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

“I've written to Nigel Evans MP to update him on the situation and asked him if he can intervene so we can get our pub open again.”

I doubt he'll send you a reply, he has stayed well clear of planning issues in the past. He never attended any of the appeals, when huge chunks of our countryside are being sold off to make way for mock Tudor housing estates, to feed the Tory party trough. Furthermore he 's too busy promoting himself as a man of the people and high performing alcoholic, to get involved in any battle that could go against the Tory Councillors, who's support he will rely on in a general election.
“I've written to Nigel Evans MP to update him on the situation and asked him if he can intervene so we can get our pub open again.” I doubt he'll send you a reply, he has stayed well clear of planning issues in the past. He never attended any of the appeals, when huge chunks of our countryside are being sold off to make way for mock Tudor housing estates, to feed the Tory party trough. Furthermore he 's too busy promoting himself as a man of the people and high performing alcoholic, to get involved in any battle that could go against the Tory Councillors, who's support he will rely on in a general election. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 5
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