Concern after home plan for Northamptonshire pub is passed

Royal Oak, Flore
Royal Oak, Flore

Planning permission has been granted to turn the former Royal Oak pub in Flore into a home following a meeting.

The proposal was given approval by Daventry District Council’s planning committee.

The application by Northampton-based firm, Our Ideas Ltd, was approved despite objections from both Flore Parish Council and residents. The committee members agreed with officers’ recommendations to give the plans permission.

Reacting to the decision, Sue Kerrison, chairman of Flore Parish Council, said: ‘’It is a backward and sad occasion for any community, especially in rural areas, when a facility, amenity or organisation for social or recreational use is lost, as they are infrequently revived, which was the main reason for Flore Parish Council objecting to this application for the change of use.

“The council understands that interested purchasers made verbal offers to the owners, and did not follow up with committed hard written offers to the agents, thereby providing no evidence of their intentions or interest.”

She was also worried about the impact it would have for other villages.

Councillor Kerrison added: “The swiftness with which this particular community venue has obtained a change of use after just two years should be of concern 
to all the villages in the district.

“There are, within the district, a number of village’s that manage to have two public house establishments catering for both local residents and visitors,” she said.