From: on behalf of DC Secretaries
Subject: FW: Planning application No. 09/01557/F


From: Charlotte Bird [
Sent: 03 January 2010 16:36
To: Andrew Lewis
Subject: Planning application No. 09/01557/F

Good afternoon Mr Lewis


With reference to 09/01557/F, I would like to add my name to the scores of others opposing this application.


There have been numerous reasons, articulately put, why the Bishop Blaize should not be de-licensed and be granted change of use to a residential dwelling.


The previous identical application garnered the same level of opposition and was duly refused. In the meantime, Mr and Mrs Noquet put in an application for ‘letting rooms’.  This was supported by a number of villagers including myself.  In the 15 page document that was submitted by Mr and Mrs Noquet in support of the current application, they claim that the ‘letting rooms’ application was refused.  Since I received a letter from CDC saying the application was withdrawn I conclude that this is a falsehood.   


I would like to assure you that there is plenty of support for local pubs that provide good service, good food and good value. The owners of the Norman Knight at Whichford have recently built an additional dining room.  At the beginning of December they had already taken 600 bookings for the Festive Season. The Stag’s Head at Swalcliffe is consistently well patronised, as the number of parked cars around the village testify.  Far from being on the brink of closure, the Chandler’s Arms at Epwell has recently been taken over by extremely knowledgeable, and successful, publicans.  I could go on …..


Please don’t be duped by Mr and Mrs Noquet and their spurious claims that there is no potential in running the Bishop Blaize as a, once again, successful entity.  There are several interested parties who are keen to do exactly that.   


Yours sincerely


Charlotte Bird

Weston Mead

Acre Ditch

Sibford Gower

Oxon OX15 5RW