From: on behalf of DC
Subject: FW: FAO Andrew Lewis - Bishop Blaize Ref:
Dear Mr Lewis
Re: Application 09/01557/F 'BISHOPS
I am writing to object to the latest planning
application concerning the Bishop Blaize public house. The proposed change
of use to a private dwelling is yet another attempt by the owner to profit
from property speculation and thus permanently deprive the local population
of a much-loved village pub.
I am sure that you cannot be unaware that the pub
was a very popular going concern until the acquisition by the current
owners, who then proceeded quite cynically to run down the business before
applying for permission for change of use. Their intention from the outset was
clearly to make a quick profit from developing the land which enjoys
beautiful views from Burdrop village. The application was quite
rightly refused and I see no reason why circumstances have changed in this
Although we are only relatively new arrivals to
Sibford Gower (2007) we have felt the absence of an old-fashioned village pub in
these parts very keenly. The Wykham Arms is a very good gastro-pub/restaurant
but we feel that the three villages of Sibford Gower, Burdrop, Sibford Ferris
could easily support another public house. All the locals have spoken with
much affection for the old Bishops Blaize pub and there is no doubt that the
business would be viable and popular.
I therefore see no good reason why this application
for change of use should be accepted
Andrew and Brigette Boyd
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