Village pub conversion bid fails

PUBLISHED: 16:37 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:37 21 August 2015

Kimpton's 'Save Our White Horse' campaign

Kimpton's 'Save Our White Horse' campaign

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A bid to change a village pub into a house has been turned down by planners

The White Horse in Kimpton, near Codicote, has been closed for some time following its sale by brewers McMullens.

The new owners had applied to North Herts Council for a change of use.

But last night, Thursday, a change of use application for the High Street property was turned down by the planning committee.

After villagers put their case that it should remain as a pub, councillors voted 13 to one it should not be converted into housing. Villager Wendy Hyams said: “There were a strong group of supporters present and Cherry Maslen spoke eloquently on our behalf, trying to squeeze all of our points into only five minutes.

“We were ecstatic when the voting showed a 13 to one majority, in favour of refusal.

“Needless to say, there was some pretty loud applause in the council chamber.”

There will be a full report, plus details of the villagers’ campaign to retain the White Horse as a pub, in next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.


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