Villagers in Lowick furious about plans to demolish the Black Bull and replace it with housing have launched a campaign save the pub.
An agent acting on behalf of the owner claimed the historic pub is “commercially unviable” when lodging plans to knock it down to make way for a quartet of four-bedroom homes.
But the parish council opposes the closure plan and has launched a campaign to save the historic pub. At an open meeting attended by over 40 local people, the housing plan was overwhelmingly opposed.
“It’s not just a pub,” explained Lowick Parish Council chairman John Huddart. “The planning document ignores that it is also our largest hotel, and restaurant, and we can’t afford to see it just demolished.
“It is at the centre of summer tourism. It’s vital for the shooting parties who enjoy the area, and it serves as a seasonal employer that benefits many.”
Mr Huddart added: “We are calling for the planning committee to reject the demolition and the redevelopment of the site.”
Others at the meeting were concerned about the low quality of the designs submitted in the planning application.
“Lowick has no clear need for housing of this kind,” added Amanda Worlock, vice-chair of the council. “We have identified the need for social housing, but there is no need or demand for these.”
Signatures from those at the meeting were collected for an application to have the Black Bull declared a community asset. It is hoped this will give the community an opportunity to save the pub and its business.