Former village pub to be turned into a new home

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Planning permission has been granted to turn the former Royal Oak pub in Flore into a home following a meeting.

The proposal was given approval Daventry District Council’s (DDC) planning committee on Wednesday last week.

The application by Northampton based firm Our Ideas Limited in Northampton was approved despite objections from both Flore Parish Council and residents. The committee members agreed with officers recommendations to give the plans permission.

Reacting to the decision, Sue Kerrison, chairman of Flore Parish Council said: ‘’It is a backward and sad occasion for any community, especially in rural areas, when a facility, amenity or organisation for social or recreational use is lost, as they are infrequently revived, which was the main reason for Flore Parish Council objecting to this application for the change of use.

“The council understands that interested purchasers made verbal offers to the owners, and did not follow up with committed hard written offers to the agents, thereby providing no evidence of their intentions or interest.”

She was also worried about the impact it would have for other villages.

Cllr Kerrison added: “The swiftness with which this particular community venue has obtained a change of use after just two years should be of concern to all the villages in the district.

“Most rural public houses sit on generously sized plots, making them attractive and open to the development potential to increase rural house dwellings, especially bearing in mind the enhanced financial rewards, against selling the property as a going business concern.

“As the national economy improves, and with the recently approved development sites in Flore for 97 additional dwellings, by having a garden it offered different facilities and interests from the 
other public house in the village.

“There are within the district a number of village’s that manage to have two public house establishments catering for both local residents and visitors.

“The council’s priority is for vital maintenance repairs to the Listed Building to be carried out in view of the dilapidations which are all to evident, the physical decline to the property has extended well beyond the period of business vacancy.’’