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Pub house plan back on table

The Plough Inn at Mitford with Parish Councillors Esther Ridley and Mike Sharp.
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The Plough Inn at Mitford with Parish Councillors Esther Ridley and Mike Sharp. REF 2603146595

Controversial plans to turn a vacant village pub into a house have been revived.

Another application for The Plough Inn at Mitford, which closed about two years ago, has been put forward by Newcastle Estates.

A bid was submitted earlier this year but it was withdrawn. Mitford Parish Council opposed it and more than 40 residents turned up at a meeting to call for the pub to be saved.

An action group was then formed to look into the possibility of buying and running the Plough Inn as a community asset.

The authority has once again objected to the change of use proposal. Chairman Mike Sharp said: “Since the previous application, the Plough Inn has been registered as an asset of community value and we’re aware of two offers from people who have the intention of running it as a business in addition to the action group’s efforts.

“It’s simply not the case that the building can’t be run as a commercial enterprise and we believe the case for refusal is now even stronger.”

Miles Hewitt, of Newcastle Estates, told the Herald when the application was first lodged that the pub is “not a viable business”.

He added: “The Plough was first closed down about eight years ago by Scottish and Newcastle because it was making a loss, then there were seven tenants over six or seven years and none of them could make it work.”

 

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