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Planning update - The Old Oak pub, Meadvale Village

July 29, 2017 5:58 PM

The Punch Taverns Planning Application to build a pair of two bedroom, semi-detached The Old Oak pub in Meadvalehouses, each with off-street parking for two cars in part of The Old Oak pub garden was approved at the recent local Planning Committee meeting, despite local objections.

There were twenty three individual objections and a petition with over 200 customer signatures submitted to the Council Planning Department. There were no objections from the Surrey Highway Authority or The Reigate Society consultees. The residents' objections were not found to be legitimate and therefore could not support legal reasons for refusal.

The Planning Officers report to the Committee recommended that because a usable area of the garden would remain; the Yew tree would be protected and the design and impact of the development was acceptable, the application should be accepted. In the absence of any legal reasons for refusal, the Planning Committee did as they are required to do, and voted to support the Planning Officers recommendation.

The Old Oak has recently had over £250K spent on a sympathetic refurbishment plan that was in keeping with the style of the pub. This was successfully overseen by the Landlord who has managed to make fantastic improvements without losing the community pub feel. With the high level of local support demonstrated, it is hoped that our pub will not suffer badly during the works and will recover quickly after the development has finished.

Please support our community pub.

Please refer to Application 17/00673/F on the Planning Portal of the council website ( www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk ) for more details.

As always, we would be very pleased to hear your views on local issues.