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Appeal: Community management of listed pub ‘not viable’

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An inspector has approved plans for the residential conversion of a listed pub in Essex despite protests from a local community group, ruling that the group’s plans to refurbish and run the pub had not been proved viable.

The appellant and the council were in agreement that the pub was not commercially viable, based on the appellant’s viability report. This predicted sales of £210,000 a year which, after operating costs and the manager’s salary were paid, would yield a profit of between £7,000 and £10,000 a year. 

However, annual mortgage repayments to cover both the purchase and renovation of the.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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