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Appeal: ‘Swell of local opinion’ persuades inspector to save pub

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An inspector has rejected plans to convert a popular local pub into a six-bedroom home, noting that the owner had increased its asking price by £50,000 while allowing its condition to deteriorate.

The appeal concerned The Railway Inn, a pub in the Northumberland village of Fourstones. The current owner bought the pub in 2014 for around £100,000. It operated for about 18 months, and was then closed and put up for sale.

When it failed to sell, the owner sought permission to convert it into a six-bedroom home. The plans were rejected by the council’s planning officers, and then u.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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