Somerset pub could be demolished despite failure of homes bid
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Plans to demolish an “amazing” Somerset pub to build seven houses have been thrown out at appeal – but it could still be knocked down.
Despite recognising the need for housing in Tickenham, planning inspector John Longmuir said the new buildings would have harmed the greenbelt and residents would have been dependent on their cars for everyday services.
Parish councillors had said they wanted to see the Starr Inn remain but after many attempts to make it viable ‘its closure seems inevitable’.
They said the Clevedon Road pub’s demolition would be a significant loss to the village, and it should be kept as a community facility or used to support local businesses.
Mr Longmuir noted that villagers had not listed the building as an asset of community value, and said it may be viewed as significant but its actual use by the community “would be likely to be very limited”.
A separate application to demolish the Star Inn was granted prior approval by North Somerset Council earlier this month despite continued opposition from the parish council.
It followed a successful application last year to recognise it as a mixed use restaurant and public house – removing restrictions on the demolition of drinking establishments.
There has been a pub on the site since at least the 17th century.
The Star Inn continues to attract five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, with a happy customer earlier this month saying: “What a brilliant place, such lovely welcoming people, delicious food, we had the homemade burgers with actual real chips! A rare find!
“Added unexpected bonus was breakfast, sat outside & again delicious!
“Will definitely be back, thank you all.”