Beer drinkers fight plan to replace pub with homesBy Jennie Slevin
January 22, 2013
Beer drinkers are taking a stand against a brewery which has applied to demolish a pub and replace it with houses.
Greene King has applied to Bracknell Forest Council to tear down the Gold Cup pub in Fernbank Road, North Ascot, and build four houses.
During the consultation period, which ended on Friday, January 4, the council received four letters of objection from neighbours who said they did not want to lose their only local pub.
The Berkshire South East branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has also lodged an objection and members say, although the pub has been closed since last year, it ‘had previously been a well-used community local’.
Barry Garber, the branch’s pub preservation officer, said: “CAMRA supports pubs as the centre of community life and believes their continual existence plays a critical social role in UK culture.
“The Gold Cup is the only pub in the locality, and its permanent loss will be to the detriment of residents as a place to meet and socialise in a pleasant environment.
“CAMRA believes the Gold Cup could be run as a viable pub business, and the planning authority should apply the Public House Viability Test before coming to its final decision on this.
“A local public house is a great asset to the community and should be retained as such.”
Greene King applied to build two three-bedroom houses and two two-bed bungalows in place of the pub last December.
Winkfield Parish Council has said it has no objection against the demolition of the pub, as long as the access road complies with Bracknell Forest Council’s highways standards.
A Greene King spokeswoman said: “Following the retirement of our long-term licensee in 2011, we made the difficult decision to close the Gold Cup.
“We can confirm a planning application has been submitted to develop the pub into housing, which has had support from the pub’s neighbours.”