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Great Shefford pub project suffers fresh blow from West Berkshire Council planners

A PUBLICAN’S latest bid to extend his business has suffered a fresh blow from planners.

Earlier this year Joshua Khan, of village pub/restaurant The Great Shefford, sought to prove his project would not require planning permission.

He had already been refused planning permission last July for a similar bid and, like the previous application, this latest attracted support and objection from villagers in apparently equal measure.

A letter to planners sent on Mr Khan’s behalf for the latest bid stated: “The application is to establish whether the erection of a free-standing kiosk within the existing public house for use as a servery to serve breakfasts between 6am and noon, is permitted development and thus lawful, in accordance with Section 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

“As the kiosk consists of free-standing, self-supporting metal frame, which has been slid into place within the existing garage/store, it is not considered to be development.

“The use is also considered to be ancillary to that of the public house with expanded food provision.”

The letter concluded: “The proposal is not considered to involve development of the land... it is therefore requested that a Lawful Development Certificate is issued, confirming that the proposed development and use is lawful as set out in section 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.”

Nevertheless, a planning officer’s report stated: “The proposed introduction of the kiosk, and the operation of the facility for six hours every day when the rest of the public house is closed ... will not be an incidental part of the operation of the land and buildings as a public house.

“...the proposed kiosk will be open and operated as a separate hot food takeaway, resulting in an intensification of the use to such an extent that a material change of use occurs which requires planning permission as a separate use.”

The officer’s report concluded: “As such, the described development is not lawful for the purposes under section 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and an application for planning permission from the local planning authority would be required.”

Mr Khan, who has stated his business must diversify to survive, must now decide whether to apply for a planning permission for the revised project.

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