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‘We need the pub as hub of our community’

October 2, 2013

2506249_a947c29f - CopyDISTRICT planners have saved a centuries-old tradition of drinking in a village mentioned nearly 1,000 years ago in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book.

More than 300 residents were joined by the Campaign for Real Ale group CAMRA in battling to preserve the Black Horse pub in Edingale.

The building in Main Road has not been run as a pub since early spring this year and its occupant applied for retrospective planning permission to convert the ground floor of the hostelry to residential use.

But Lichfield District Council planning members threw out the house conversion application – backing the locals’ objections.

And I for one am right behind the community on this one.

Community assets are vital to rural areas – we need the pub as a hub for our community.

It is not just about drinking, visiting the pub is a social occasion.

The pub was used for other things as well as drinking. When you live in a rural area the cost of petrol alone means you don’t want to drive to a pub when you have one within walking distance – it’s an important place where you engage with your neighbours.

I am pleased with the decision and it showed a good cohesive strategy among the villagers, everyone was galvanised and we got the result that we wanted.

The Black Horse dates back centuries in a village – at one time in Derbyshire – that got a mention in the 1087 Domesday Book. Until the 1970s the Edingale boasted a second pub called the Holy Bush.

It is not yet known whether the applicant will appeal against the decision.

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