MILITARY Road residents are fighting to prevent houses being built in the garden of their local pub.
Developers Globilisation Ltd are currently appealing against a planning decision to refuse permission to erect a pair of 3-bedroom semi-
detached houses in the garden of the Globe pub.
It is understood the pub, which is currently closed, is being sold without the garden, with an applicant, who already runs a successful pub in Kent , eager to buy it and restore it to its former glory.
But many residents, who would love to have a local pub back, feel the chances of it succeeding would be hampered if the appeal to build homes in the garden was allowed.
Margaret O’Neill, who lives nearby and used to work in the pub, said: “It would become a building site and where would people who wanted to use the pub be able to park?
“One of the attractions of the Globe was that it was easy to park there.”
Resident Nicola Hill said: “I am saddened to see the potential buyers having to apply for planning permission without being able to utilise the garden as part of the business plan.
“The garden has historically benefitted the premises and makes a valuable contribution to the openness and character of the Military Road Conservation Area.”
Resident Peter Savory said: “I am concerned that if Rother supports the present plans by extension it will support the partition of this historic pub and garden into two sites. It would be good to have the pub operating but not without its garden.
The deadline for people to comment on the appeal application to build houses in the garden is December 31. If you wish to make comments on this appeal Reference APP/U1430/A/132208849 you can do so on the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to: Christopher Ries, ThePlanning Inspectorate, Room 3/05a, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square,Bristol, BS1 6PN.