South Cambs to lobby Government over planning loophole

Members of Save The Pear Tree outside the pub

Members of Save The Pear Tree outside the pub

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A legal loophole that allows pubs to be turned into shops without planning consent is to be targeted by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC).

The council is set to lobby national government to close to loophole after they were unable to stop The Pear Tree pub in Hildersham from being turned into a German furniture shop as it remained within the retail category.

Residents had formed SToPiT – Save The Pear Tree – and hoped SCDC could pass an Article Four directive to stop landlord Helen Moroney from changing the pub, but at last Wednesday’s (January 8) planning committee meeting councillors realised they were powerless to stop the conversion of the village’s last amenity.


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