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Appeal: "No interest in split decision" for pub refurbishment

A vacant pub

An inspector has dismissed plans to renovate a vacant pub in West Sussex and build houses and car parking on its land – despite not objecting to the refurbishment – because the two parts of the application were interdependent.

The appellant had intended to use the proceeds from the three planned houses to fund the refurbishment and extension of the currently empty pub, which he considered necessary to reopen it as a profitable business.

Inspector R J Marshall noted that the modifications to the pub itself would be 'modest' and acceptable, but found various issues with the plans for the three houses.

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