PLANS have been announced to transform the former Lamb Inn in Lambourn into an equine veterinary surgery.
The latest planning application for the building at 46 Newbury Street has been submitted by Caroline George on behalf of Lambourn Equine Vets Ltd.
The proposals include providing a one-bedroom, ‘on-call’ flat, a single-storey rear extension and providing sufficient parking for eight vehicles.
Lambourn Equine Vets was established in 1996 and was originally known as Hall and Lawrence. It became known by its current name in 2009.
The practice has grown and developed over the years to become a six-vet business with four administrative staff and a veterinary technician.
It serves mainly professional clients from the horseracing industry, including local trainers and event riders.
It is currently based at Lambourn Business Park in Lambourn Woodlands but the building is due for demolition in 2018.
The application states: “The proposed development provides the perfect opportunity for the practice to provide its own facility and is in the heart of our working area.
“The proposed development is for offices, storage and a small bedsit flat for the on-call vet to stay when on night or weekend duty to be close at hand for any emergency cover that is required.”
The Lamb Inn ceased trading as a public house in 2010.
The former pub is thought to date back to the 19th century on the site of a medieval mill.
In 2010, some local residents launched a failed bid to have the building listed.
The current application concludes: “The applicants believe that they have a scheme that is fully policy compliant and is sensitive to the protected landscape of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
“The proposed refurbishment for Lambourn Equine Vets Ltd will restore a disused building which forms an important part of the Lambourn village streetscape occupying an important corner site.”
Lambourn Parish Council has yet to express a formal opinion on the proposals.
Meanwhile the application can be viewed in full, and commented upon, by visiting the planning section of West Berkshire Council’s website and using the reference number 16/02832/FUL.