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Licence would impose limits on number of customers because of inadequate WCs

The owner of The Cabinet has been granted a premises licence - essential for a working pub. But the licensing authority, North Herts District Council, has imposed a condition that “In light of the proposed sanitary facilities, the premises licence holder will ensure that no more than fifty (50) persons, excluding staff, are permitted on the premises whilst open to the public.” For comparison, the pub used to offer 52 covers (i.e. seated places) in the restaurant alone, plus another 16 in the snug - and that did not include people (standing or sitting) in the bar, or seated outside in the garden or in the “marquee area”. Cabinet regulars will remember how busy it was on special occasions such as New Year’s Day and various other celebrations, as well as weddings and events - quite apart from warm summer evenings. The plans submitted as part of the current listed building application propose only 2 WC cubicles in the main bar, plus a third “accessible” WC (though how accessible it will be must be open to question) at the opposite end of the building. The recommended number of WCs in a pub or bar is 2 for up to 150 males or 2 for up to 40 males if urinals are not provided (as they would not be in this case), 2 for up to 25 females plus an additional 1 per 25 females thereafter. On that basis, arguably there would not be enough even for the 50 people contemplated. These developments must dispel any doubt there might have been about the owner’s intention only to open part of The Cabinet as a pub and to use the rest as a house - exactly the arrangement that was refused on planning and listed building grounds by North Herts District Council in April. The deadline for public comments on the latest application is 30 June. If you have not already done so, please register your objection. Details as to how to do so are below. __________________________________________________

Supporters asked to object to latest listed building consent application

The Save the Cabinet Action Group is asking supporters to write in to North Herts District Council to object to the latest proposals submitted by the owner of The Cabinet by the deadline of 30 June. (We have been assured that the online facility will be kept open until that date.) The application for listed building consent is framed as “to facilitate the reinstatement of The Cabinet as a public house” - and while naturally we would be delighted if there were to be a genuine proposal to reopen The Cabinet, a closer look reveals matters causing serious concern. That is why we are asking supporters to object. We need as many objections as possible in order to help demonstrate the continued support for saving our lovely old pub. The easiest way to do so is online. You can find the application on the North Herts Planning page here. You need to log in (or register, if you haven’t already - it’s easy to do so), and click on “Comments”. Alternatively you can write to Planning Control and Conservation, North Hertfordshire District Council, PO Box 10613, Nottingham NG6 6DW. Be sure to quote reference 19/01222/LBC. Objections need to relate to planning - or in this case, specifically listed building - considerations, some of which may be quite technical. Reasons identified by SCAG and our expert are set out below. You are free to mention these or any other reasons - but please express them in your own words. The plan looks like another attempt to create a mixed pub and residence along similar lines to the proposal refused on planning and listed building grounds as recently as April. It contains precious little of the sort of detail one would expect to see in a listed building application and it’s therefore impossible to tell whether it would cause harm to a listed building or not. It would “roll up” the two outstanding retrospective listed building applications - both of which were inadequate in that they lacked detail and did not provide a complete list of the unauthorised works (that is, alterations that required listed building consent) that had been carried out. Some of the alterations noted by witnesses have been identified by our expert as having the potential to cause great harm to the fabric of the building - risking “catastrophic structural failure” at some stage in the future. These matters have never been investigated properly, and the least that should happen is a full survey by a suitably-qualified expert in historic buildings. The proposal includes the installation of modern extraction equipment in the kitchen and WCs - but no information as to how these would look; they are not likely to be in keeping with a 400-year-old historic building. No explanation has been provided as to why the original configuration before the owner’s unauthorised works were carried out could not be reinstated. If you need further advice please contact us. __________________________________________________

Another new planning application as owner applies for premises licence

The owner of The Cabinet, an experienced property developer, has submitted a new application for listed building consent - this time described as concerning “internal and external alterations to facilitate the reinstatement of The Cabinet as a public house”. We encourage you to read it. The Action Group will study this new application carefully and take a position in due course. The deadline for public comments is 23 June. The latest application follows the owner’s application for a premises licence - something any operating pub must have. We were given to understand that this application was made in the context of a recent enquiry by a partnership who were interested in taking on the lease of The Cabinet and reopening it as a pub. The Action Group was aware that negotiations were taking place but were unable to say anything about this publicly in order to respect the confidentiality of those concerned. Unfortunately, those negotiations have broken down. Aside from the new application, two listed building applications remain outstanding from 2016 and 2017. It is essential that the unauthorised works carried out by the owner before submitting these retrospective applications be examined carefully before a decision is taken as to whether grant consent. Evidence was submitted as part of our original objection which, if borne out, shows that these works could be massively damaging to the fabric of the building and thus its longer- term integrity. We would fail in the objective to save The Cabinet if it reopened as a pub only to succumb in a few years to structural failure caused by damaging alterations. __________________________________________________

Planning permission for Cabinet split refused and ACV listing renewed

In a double boost to the campaign to save The Cabinet, North Hertfordshire District Council has refused planning permission for sub-division of The Cabinet with creation of a “stub-pub”, as well as refusing the associated listed building consent. 48 written submissions from members of the public had been submitted objecting to planning permission, with a further 20 against listed building consent. Thank you to all the supporters who objected. Separately, following an application by Reed Parish Council, North Herts have also re-listed The Cabinet as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) following expiry of its existing listing. It will remain on the list until 28 March 2024. This means The Cabinet will continue to benefit from protection under the Localism Act 2011: there are limits to permitted development, there is provision for a community right to bid and there is the possibility of compulsory purchase by the local authority if there is a danger of long-term loss to the community. Just as importantly, the fact that a building is sufficiently loved to be an Asset of Community Value is a material consideration in any planning application. Both of these developments are welcome, but neither on their own will deliver an open pub back to Reed. We know there has been interest on the part of well-intentioned parties in acquiring the premises with a view to re-opening it as a pub - including a bid on behalf of the community by Reed Parish Council. With goodwill and common sense on all sides there is no reason why one of these expressions of interest should not bear fruit. __________________________________________________

Supporters urged to submit written objections on Cabinet split plan

With the deadline of 21 March rapidly approaching, the Save the Cabinet Action Group is reminding supporters of the need to submit written objections on the plan to split The Cabinet in two. The easiest way to do so is online via the North Herts website. The application to subdivide the pub is here. The associated listed building application is here. The Action Group takes the view that a tiny “pub” is unlikely to succeed and that the offer to Reed Parish Council to take over three rooms while the rump of The Cabinet is used as a residence is merely an attempt to circumvent the recent decision of the Planning Inspectorate to refuse planning permission for change of use. A written objection should be in your own words but points which the Action Group considers particularly important are: the viability of The Cabinet as a whole was considered in great detail at the Public Inquiry which concluded that it could be viable; however a small bar without a kitchen, so that it could offer no food, is unlikely to be viable, and the lack of accommodation for a tenant or manager would pose still further problems the proposal is designed to fail and leave the way open for permanent change of use of the entire premises. The issues concerning change of use were fully explored during the Public Inquiry which dismissed the planning appeal, and nothing material has changed. the three-room “pub” proposed would be separated from the residence by a thin party wall and a fence, causing noise and other issues meaning the developments is unlikely to be sustainable longer-term the continuing demand for a pub in Reed is demonstrated by the level of community support for saving The Cabinet as a pub – including well-attended pop-up pub nights, the large attendance of villagers and others at the appeal, and the generosity of the community in raising funds to finance the resistance to the appeal If you need help with your objection, don’t hesitate to contact us. __________________________________________________

Large turnout as Reed Parish Council votes to object to Cabinet split

Some 60 or so parishioners attended Reed Village Hall on 6 March for the meeting of Reed Parish Council which considered the latest planning applications in respect of The Cabinet. After a discussion, the Parish Council voted unanimously to object to the proposal to split The Cabinet in two, along with the associated listed building application. The Chair was instructed to write to the present owner declining his offer to use three rooms of the pub as a bar at a peppercorn rent. The Parish Council also decided unanimously to make a bid for the freehold of the pub along the lines described in their business plan. __________________________________________________

Parish Council meeting to be held as deadline for written comments approaches

The Save the Cabinet Action Group invites supporters to attend the meeting of Reed Parish Council on Wednesday 6 March at which the latest Cabinet planning application will be discussed. The meeting, at Reed Village Hall, will start at 7pm, but the item on The Cabinet will be discussed around 8pm. The leaflet circulated by Reed Parish Council is here. Under the latest scheme, three rooms – the former lounge bar and restaurant – would become a small “pub”, which the owner would offer to Reed Parish Council to operate at a peppercorn rent. The main part of the building would be a residence. The application would also allow for a new car park to serve the new “pub”, leaving the existing one redundant. The Save the Cabinet Action Group considers the latest scheme to be a “trojan horse” - it looks like a gift, but in fact it is anything but. A small bar with no facilities to offer food would be a pale shadow of the lovely destination pub that attracted visitors from miles around. There would be nowhere for a tenant or manager to live, and it’s highly unlikely it would be practicable to run such a bar with volunteers alone. The overwhelming likelihood is that it would fail and, despite our success at the planning appeal, Reed would lose its last pub forever. Please come to the meeting. It will be important to demonstrate the strength of feeling in relation to this latest application. We encourage supporters to object. The easiest way to do so is online via the North Herts website. The application to subdivide the pub is here. The associated listed building application is here. The deadline is 21 March - (note that it was originally 12 March) so there would be plenty of time to listen to the the discussions at the Parish Council meeting before sending in any comments. The Parish Council will also consider whether to make a bid to buy the pub. Last year, it obtained borrowing authority from the government to borrow up to £400,000 for that purpose at a very low rate of interest - although the Parish Council’s business plan suggests that any offer would be a great deal less than that, having in mind the likely cost of restoration of the premises. Read more about this in our news archive and on Reed Parish Council’s website. __________________________________________________

New planning applications would split Cabinet in two

Just two months after the planning appeal against refusal of permission for change of use was dismissed, the Reed community had good reason to think that the planning status of The Cabinet had been settled. Instead, two new planning applications have been submitted. The first would subdivide The Cabinet, making the old lounge bar and restaurant area into a small pub, while the remainder – the larger part – of the building would be a residence. It would also create a small car park at the northern end of the building. The second would cover all the listed building matters associated with such subdivision, including regularising the unauthorised works previously carried out. The current owner has apparently offered the new “pub” to Reed Parish Council at a peppercorn rent. But nobody should be fooled into thinking into thinking that this is an unexpected act of altruism or community goodwill on his part. This is a project that is being set up to fail, and then give the owner – an experienced property developer – carte blanche to realise his original aims in respect of the site. A tiny pub without any food offering, with nowhere on site for a tenant or manager to live, is unlikely to survive. It is doubtful that it would be practicable for it to be managed by volunteers. The development of a new car park at the northern end of The Cabinet would make the existing car park redundant – and doubtless an application for permission to build on it would soon follow. Far from amounting to a compromise, these latest applications amount to what is widely known as a “trojan horse”. It’s not hard to see the ruse it is. If it’s granted, The Cabinet as we have known it would be lost forever. The Save the Cabinet Action Group will be objecting to the proposal. We will be inviting neighbours and supporters to do so too. The deadline for doing so is 12 March. Reed Parish Council is due to meet to consider these applications on Wednesday 6 March. Read more about this special meeting here. We encourage neighbours and supporters to attend. __________________________________________________

Cabinet for sale or to rent

The Cabinet has been offered for sale or to rent. It’s listed at Fleurets, a well-known leisure property specialist, at the slightly eye-watering asking price of £595,000, or for rent at £40,000 p.a. The sales particulars make clear to any interested person that the premises have to be turned back into a pub. On the face of it, it’s good news that the developer who owns The Cabinet accepts that it needs to be restored as a pub. But if he’s sincere about wanting to sell or rent the property, anyone who attended the recent Public Inquiry could be forgiven for thinking the owner will need to lower his expectations about its value as a pub, especially when the buyer or the tenant will be faced with the considerable expense of restoring the pub fittings etc. __________________________________________________

Planning appeal dismissed! “A huge step on the way to restoring our pub”

The Planning Inspector’s decision following November’s Public Inquiry has been published, and the appeal has been dismissed. This is, of course, the decision the Campaign and its supporters had been hoping for and it’s undoubtedly a huge step on the way to restoring our lovely old pub to its proper place at the heart of the community. It will undoubtedly put a spring in everyone’s step - especially at the forthcoming New Year’s Eve Pop-up Pub Night. Commenting on the decision, Mike Howes, Chair of the Save the Cabinet Action group, said: “We are naturally delighted and relieved at the decision to dismiss the appeal. It’s a massive step on the road to restoring The Cabinet to its proper place as a public house at the heart of this community. “At the New Year’s Eve event we’ll certainly raise a glass or two to our supporters and to our professional advisers, without whom we would never have reached this position. Let’s be clear – this is just one battle – albeit an important one – in the campaign to reclaim our pub and it’s too soon to declare victory. We will do that when the pub has been restored and we’re inside enjoying a pint. But that prospect just came a lot closer.” Read the Planning Inspector’s Decision here.

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Licence would impose limits on number of

customers because of inadequate WCs

The owner of The Cabinet has been granted a premises licence - essential for a working pub. But the licensing authority, North Herts District Council, has imposed a condition that “In light of the proposed sanitary facilities, the premises licence holder will ensure that no more than fifty (50) persons, excluding staff, are permitted on the premises whilst open to the public.” For comparison, the pub used to offer 52 covers (i.e. seated places) in the restaurant alone, plus another 16 in the snug - and that did not include people (standing or sitting) in the bar, or seated outside in the garden or in the “marquee area”. Cabinet regulars will remember how busy it was on special occasions such as New Year’s Day and various other celebrations, as well as weddings and events - quite apart from warm summer evenings. The plans submitted as part of the current listed building application propose only 2 WC cubicles in the main bar, plus a third “accessible” WC (though how accessible it will be must be open to question) at the opposite end of the building. The recommended number of WCs in a pub or bar is 2 for up to 150 males or 2 for up to 40 males if urinals are not provided (as they would not be in this case), 2 for up to 25 females plus an additional 1 per 25 females thereafter. On that basis, arguably there would not be enough even for the 50 people contemplated. These developments must dispel any doubt there might have been about the owner’s intention only to open part of The Cabinet as a pub and to use the rest as a house - exactly the arrangement that was refused on planning and listed building grounds by North Herts District Council in April. The deadline for public comments on the latest application is 30 June. If you have not already done so, please register your objection. Details as to how to do so are below. __________________________________________________

Supporters asked to object to latest listed

building consent application

The Save the Cabinet Action Group is asking supporters to write in to North Herts District Council to object to the latest proposals submitted by the owner of The Cabinet by the deadline of 30 June. (We have been assured that the online facility will be kept open until that date.) The application for listed building consent is framed as “to facilitate the reinstatement of The Cabinet as a public house” - and while naturally we would be delighted if there were to be a genuine proposal to reopen The Cabinet, a closer look reveals matters causing serious concern. That is why we are asking supporters to object. We need as many objections as possible in order to help demonstrate the continued support for saving our lovely old pub. The easiest way to do so is online. You can find the application on the North Herts Planning page here. You need to log in (or register, if you haven’t already - it’s easy to do so), and click on “Comments”. Alternatively you can write to Planning Control and Conservation, North Hertfordshire District Council, PO Box 10613, Nottingham NG6 6DW. Be sure to quote reference 19/01222/LBC. Objections need to relate to planning - or in this case, specifically listed building - considerations, some of which may be quite technical. Reasons identified by SCAG and our expert are set out below. You are free to mention these or any other reasons - but please express them in your own words. The plan looks like another attempt to create a mixed pub and residence along similar lines to the proposal refused on planning and listed building grounds as recently as April. It contains precious little of the sort of detail one would expect to see in a listed building application and it’s therefore impossible to tell whether it would cause harm to a listed building or not. It would “roll up” the two outstanding retrospective listed building applications - both of which were inadequate in that they lacked detail and did not provide a complete list of the unauthorised works (that is, alterations that required listed building consent) that had been carried out. Some of the alterations noted by witnesses have been identified by our expert as having the potential to cause great harm to the fabric of the building - risking “catastrophic structural failure” at some stage in the future. These matters have never been investigated properly, and the least that should happen is a full survey by a suitably-qualified expert in historic buildings. The proposal includes the installation of modern extraction equipment in the kitchen and WCs - but no information as to how these would look; they are not likely to be in keeping with a 400-year-old historic building. No explanation has been provided as to why the original configuration before the owner’s unauthorised works were carried out could not be reinstated. If you need further advice please contact us. __________________________________________________

Another new planning application as owner

applies for premises licence

The owner of The Cabinet, an experienced property developer, has submitted a new application for listed building consent - this time described as concerning “internal and external alterations to facilitate the reinstatement of The Cabinet as a public house”. We encourage you to read it. The Action Group will study this new application carefully and take a position in due course. The deadline for public comments is 23 June. The latest application follows the owner’s application for a premises licence - something any operating pub must have. We were given to understand that this application was made in the context of a recent enquiry by a partnership who were interested in taking on the lease of The Cabinet and reopening it as a pub. The Action Group was aware that negotiations were taking place but were unable to say anything about this publicly in order to respect the confidentiality of those concerned. Unfortunately, those negotiations have broken down. Aside from the new application, two listed building applications remain outstanding from 2016 and 2017. It is essential that the unauthorised works carried out by the owner before submitting these retrospective applications be examined carefully before a decision is taken as to whether grant consent. Evidence was submitted as part of our original objection which, if borne out, shows that these works could be massively damaging to the fabric of the building and thus its longer-term integrity. We would fail in the objective to save The Cabinet if it reopened as a pub only to succumb in a few years to structural failure caused by damaging alterations. __________________________________________________

Planning permission for Cabinet split refused

and ACV listing renewed

In a double boost to the campaign to save The Cabinet, North Hertfordshire District Council has refused planning permission for sub-division of The Cabinet with creation of a “stub-pub”, as well as refusing the associated listed building consent. 48 written submissions from members of the public had been submitted objecting to planning permission, with a further 20 against listed building consent. Thank you to all the supporters who objected. Separately, following an application by Reed Parish Council, North Herts have also re-listed The Cabinet as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) following expiry of its existing listing. It will remain on the list until 28 March 2024. This means The Cabinet will continue to benefit from protection under the Localism Act 2011: there are limits to permitted development, there is provision for a community right to bid and there is the possibility of compulsory purchase by the local authority if there is a danger of long-term loss to the community. Just as importantly, the fact that a building is sufficiently loved to be an Asset of Community Value is a material consideration in any planning application. Both of these developments are welcome, but neither on their own will deliver an open pub back to Reed. We know there has been interest on the part of well-intentioned parties in acquiring the premises with a view to re-opening it as a pub - including a bid on behalf of the community by Reed Parish Council. With goodwill and common sense on all sides there is no reason why one of these expressions of interest should not bear fruit. __________________________________________________

Supporters urged to submit written

objections on Cabinet split plan

With the deadline of 21 March rapidly approaching, the Save the Cabinet Action Group is reminding supporters of the need to submit written objections on the plan to split The Cabinet in two. The easiest way to do so is online via the North Herts website. The application to subdivide the pub is here. The associated listed building application is here. The Action Group takes the view that a tiny “pub” is unlikely to succeed and that the offer to Reed Parish Council to take over three rooms while the rump of The Cabinet is used as a residence is merely an attempt to circumvent the recent decision of the Planning Inspectorate to refuse planning permission for change of use. A written objection should be in your own words but points which the Action Group considers particularly important are: the viability of The Cabinet as a whole was considered in great detail at the Public Inquiry which concluded that it could be viable; however a small bar without a kitchen, so that it could offer no food, is unlikely to be viable, and the lack of accommodation for a tenant or manager would pose still further problems the proposal is designed to fail and leave the way open for permanent change of use of the entire premises. The issues concerning change of use were fully explored during the Public Inquiry which dismissed the planning appeal, and nothing material has changed. the three-room “pub” proposed would be separated from the residence by a thin party wall and a fence, causing noise and other issues meaning the developments is unlikely to be sustainable longer-term the continuing demand for a pub in Reed is demonstrated by the level of community support for saving The Cabinet as a pub – including well-attended pop-up pub nights, the large attendance of villagers and others at the appeal, and the generosity of the community in raising funds to finance the resistance to the appeal If you need help with your objection, don’t hesitate to contact us. __________________________________________________

Large turnout as Reed Parish Council votes to

object to Cabinet split

Some 60 or so parishioners attended Reed Village Hall on 6 March for the meeting of Reed Parish Council which considered the latest planning applications in respect of The Cabinet. After a discussion, the Parish Council voted unanimously to object to the proposal to split The Cabinet in two, along with the associated listed building application. The Chair was instructed to write to the present owner declining his offer to use three rooms of the pub as a bar at a peppercorn rent. The Parish Council also decided unanimously to make a bid for the freehold of the pub along the lines described in their business plan. __________________________________________________

Parish Council meeting to be held as deadline

for written comments approaches

The Save the Cabinet Action Group invites supporters to attend the meeting of Reed Parish Council on Wednesday 6 March at which the latest Cabinet planning application will be discussed. The meeting, at Reed Village Hall, will start at 7pm, but the item on The Cabinet will be discussed around 8pm. The leaflet circulated by Reed Parish Council is here. Under the latest scheme, three rooms – the former lounge bar and restaurant – would become a small “pub”, which the owner would offer to Reed Parish Council to operate at a peppercorn rent. The main part of the building would be a residence. The application would also allow for a new car park to serve the new “pub”, leaving the existing one redundant. The Save the Cabinet Action Group considers the latest scheme to be a “trojan horse” - it looks like a gift, but in fact it is anything but. A small bar with no facilities to offer food would be a pale shadow of the lovely destination pub that attracted visitors from miles around. There would be nowhere for a tenant or manager to live, and it’s highly unlikely it would be practicable to run such a bar with volunteers alone. The overwhelming likelihood is that it would fail and, despite our success at the planning appeal, Reed would lose its last pub forever. Please come to the meeting. It will be important to demonstrate the strength of feeling in relation to this latest application. We encourage supporters to object. The easiest way to do so is online via the North Herts website. The application to subdivide the pub is here. The associated listed building application is here. The deadline is 21 March - (note that it was originally 12 March) so there would be plenty of time to listen to the the discussions at the Parish Council meeting before sending in any comments. The Parish Council will also consider whether to make a bid to buy the pub. Last year, it obtained borrowing authority from the government to borrow up to £400,000 for that purpose at a very low rate of interest - although the Parish Council’s business plan suggests that any offer would be a great deal less than that, having in mind the likely cost of restoration of the premises. Read more about this in our news archive and on Reed Parish Council’s website. __________________________________________________

New planning applications would split

Cabinet in two

Just two months after the planning appeal against refusal of permission for change of use was dismissed, the Reed community had good reason to think that the planning status of The Cabinet had been settled. Instead, two new planning applications have been submitted. The first would subdivide The Cabinet, making the old lounge bar and restaurant area into a small pub, while the remainder – the larger part – of the building would be a residence. It would also create a small car park at the northern end of the building. The second would cover all the listed building matters associated with such subdivision, including regularising the unauthorised works previously carried out. The current owner has apparently offered the new “pub” to Reed Parish Council at a peppercorn rent. But nobody should be fooled into thinking into thinking that this is an unexpected act of altruism or community goodwill on his part. This is a project that is being set up to fail, and then give the owner – an experienced property developer – carte blanche to realise his original aims in respect of the site. A tiny pub without any food offering, with nowhere on site for a tenant or manager to live, is unlikely to survive. It is doubtful that it would be practicable for it to be managed by volunteers. The development of a new car park at the northern end of The Cabinet would make the existing car park redundant – and doubtless an application for permission to build on it would soon follow. Far from amounting to a compromise, these latest applications amount to what is widely known as a “trojan horse”. It’s not hard to see the ruse it is. If it’s granted, The Cabinet as we have known it would be lost forever. The Save the Cabinet Action Group will be objecting to the proposal. We will be inviting neighbours and supporters to do so too. The deadline for doing so is 12 March. Reed Parish Council is due to meet to consider these applications on Wednesday 6 March. Read more about this special meeting here. We encourage neighbours and supporters to attend. __________________________________________________

Cabinet for sale or to rent

The Cabinet has been offered for sale or to rent. It’s listed at Fleurets, a well-known leisure property specialist, at the slightly eye-watering asking price of £595,000, or for rent at £40,000 p.a. The sales particulars make clear to any interested person that the premises have to be turned back into a pub. On the face of it, it’s good news that the developer who owns The Cabinet accepts that it needs to be restored as a pub. But if he’s sincere about wanting to sell or rent the property, anyone who attended the recent Public Inquiry could be forgiven for thinking the owner will need to lower his expectations about its value as a pub, especially when the buyer or the tenant will be faced with the considerable expense of restoring the pub fittings etc. __________________________________________________

Planning appeal dismissed! “A huge step on

the way to restoring our pub”

The Planning Inspector’s decision following November’s Public Inquiry has been published, and the appeal has been dismissed. This is, of course, the decision the Campaign and its supporters had been hoping for and it’s undoubtedly a huge step on the way to restoring our lovely old pub to its proper place at the heart of the community. It will undoubtedly put a spring in everyone’s step - especially at the forthcoming New Year’s Eve Pop-up Pub Night. Commenting on the decision, Mike Howes, Chair of the Save the Cabinet Action group, said: “We are naturally delighted and relieved at the decision to dismiss the appeal. It’s a massive step on the road to restoring The Cabinet to its proper place as a public house at the heart of this community. “At the New Year’s Eve event we’ll certainly raise a glass or two to our supporters and to our professional advisers, without whom we would never have reached this position. Let’s be clear – this is just one battle – albeit an important one – in the campaign to reclaim our pub and it’s too soon to declare victory. We will do that when the pub has been restored and we’re inside enjoying a pint. But that prospect just came a lot closer.” Read the Planning Inspector’s Decision here.