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Public urged to have their say on Hildersham pub’s future

SToPit supporters outside the Pear Tree pub in Hildersham ENGANL00120131227163253
SToPit supporters outside the Pear Tree pub in Hildersham ENGANL00120131227163253

The chairman of a campaign group set up to prevent the loss of a village’s final pub wants as many people as possible to take part in two consultations that could influence the final outcome.

The owner of the former Pear Tree pub in Hildersham has applied to South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to convert it into a four bedroom house.

The pub was closed in late summer 2013 before owner Helen Moroney successfully gained a change of use permission from SCDC to convert it into a German furniture warehouse in January 2014.

Now she has applied for planning permission to convert it into the four bedroom house, and SCDC is holding a public consultation on the application, which closes at 5pm on February 2.

The SToPiT - Save the Pear Tree - campaign group was formed over one year ago and last January argued in favour of SCDC adopting an article four direction, which would require the application for change of use to go through the normal planning process, allowing residents to have their say.

That bid failed, but SCDC is now holding a public consultation over whether to use article four directions in the future. ~It closes on February 23.

SToPit charman, Mark Logan, said: “That is something StoPiT would definitely support because it may help stop what’s happening to the Pear Tree happen to other pubs.

“We support it because that’s what we asked them (SCDC) to do. I hope that we can still save the place.”

To view the planning application and comment visit www.scambs.gov.uk, click on search a planning application and enter the reference S/0040/15/FL.

For the article 4 consultation go to www.scambs.gov.uk/content/consultation-greater-protection-public-houses.

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