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Council calls on protection for local pubs

Some of the people behind the re-opening of The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton

Some of the people behind the re-opening of The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton

Residents behind a scheme which saved a village pub have backed a campaign by Daventry District Council to protect other pubs in the district.

Residents behind a scheme which saved a village pub have backed a campaign by Daventry District Council to protect other pubs in the district.

Daniel Elkins, one of the villagers who helped to secure The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton, has supported the council’s calls to support pubs.

Under current rules, a pub can be demolished or converted into a shop, a café, restaurant or offices without planning permission.

However DDC’s strategic planning portfolio holder Cllr Alan Chantler has written to Parliament calling for this law to change.

Mr Elkins said: “I think it is a brilliant idea as we were in the same situation.

“The pub is very important to the local community. We have a village hall that is open but nothing on a daily or a weekly basis.

“It is a meeting place for the local community and therefore it is vital.

“This could be very useful, especially as the planners will have to look at applications around pubs a lot more carefully.”

After a year-long campaign, the villagers re-opened The Fox and Hounds last month and there will be a grand opening on Friday, March 28 to coincide with the opening of the new restaurant.

Mr Elkins said: “We have an experienced landlord that is introducing home-cooked, authentic Italian food. He has a new chef who has been working with an Italian cookery tutor to create some fantastic dishes.

“Our community is really excited and I hear that the restaurant is already fully booked for the opening night and Mother’s Day. Therefore, people will need to book in advance if they want a table.

“It is getting back to how the pub was eight years ago, which is fantastic.”

Anyone who is looking to book a table at the restaurant can get in touch by calling 01327 261369

 

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