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Appeal: Unauthorised pub demolition retrospectively approved despite social harm

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An inspector has granted retrospective consent to replace a pub with flats after the appellant demolished it without permission, despite acknowledging the harm its loss had caused to the local community.

LOCATIONLeatherhead before and afterAUTHORITYMole Valley District CouncilINSPECTORN ThomasPROCEDUREWritten submissionsDECISIONAllowedREFERENCEAPP/C3620/W/19/3223148The appeal concerned the Royal Oak, a pub in Leatherhead, Surrey. In November 2017, the appellant demolished the pub. Initially, the council released a statement saying that its demolition did not require planning permission.........
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