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Appeal: Convenience store can't replace pub’s social opportunities

Convenience store / iStock: 659738934

An inspector has blocked plans to demolish an unprofitable pub and replace it with a convenience store, ruling that the pub had not been properly marketed, and its loss would be harmful to local people accustomed to meeting there.

The appeal relates to the Gainsborough Arms, a small pub at the edge of Milborne Port, a village in Somerset. It was disposed of by the local brewery in 2013 and has since been operating under short tenancy landlords. The proposal would see the redevelopment of the whole site, demolishing the pub and replacing it with a convenience store.Inspector David Walker noted the benefits of the proposal........
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