Warminster Town Council Objects To Change Of Use Of The Snooty Fox Pub To A Residential Dwelling

Wednesday 15th May 2019:

Warminster Town Council Objects To Change Of Use Of The Snooty Fox Pub To A Residential Dwelling
 
Warminster Town Council’s Planning Advisory Committee has objected to a planning application to change the use of The Snooty Fox, Brook Street, Warminster, from a public house to a dwelling.

Town Councillors are concerned that approval for this application would result in the loss of a community asset. Change of use of a public house to a residential dwelling has to be justified and is a complicated area of planning law. Councillors felt that more clarity was required as to whether the case had been made that the pub was no longer viable.

Town Councillor Tony Nicklin proposed that Warminster Town Council were unable to support the application until it had been shown that the pub was not a viable community asset and that the guidance for community assets under the National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] was being taken into account. This proposal was seconded by Town Councillor Sue Fraser, and the committee voted unanimously in favour of the motion.

The Town Council is only a consultee, so has no power to reject the planning application, it can only offer its opinion. Town Councillors have also asked that the planning application be ‘called in’ at Wiltshire Council by the Unitary Member for this part of Warminster, Councillor Tony Jackson, so that the relevant planning laws can be properly assessed. This could mean that the application might be discussed by Wiltshire Councillors before a decision is made on whether to grant planning permission or not.