Villagers still have a wild card to save pub

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Villagers are still hopeful the Red Lion pub in Gedney Hill will not be turned into a home.

They are awaiting the outcome of an asset of community value application which they hope, if successful, will stop conversion plans.

The plan to change the use of the vacant village pub to a home was refused because councillors agreed with the planning officer’s view that proposed external works would have a harmful impact on the special architectural and historic character of the Grade 11 listed building.

The conversion included a flat roof single storey extension at the rear.

However, Graham Fagan, who spoke on behalf of the agent MAP Design Services, still left the meeting with a smile on his face.

He said: “We don’t wish to comment but it’s fine - they don’t like the flat roof extension. We just need to change that.”

A Grade 11 listed building, the pub has been closed for more than two years since the couple who ran it moved away.

Villagers launched a Facebook campaign to save it when they spotted the planning application.

The parish council was split over the plan but South Holland District Council has received 70 objection letters and petitions with over 200 signatures.

After the meeting Coun Roger Gambba-Jones reminded councillors a refusal would only stop the conversion as it stands and not save the pub.

However, Calvin Widdowson, who launched the Facebook campaign, said: “The outcome is fantastic.

“We now have to wait for the asset of community value application decision which could be this week.

“We haven’t given up on the pub yet.”