Repair plans dropped for flood-hit pub

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The Bridge End Inn in Ovingham.
The Bridge End Inn in Ovingham.
30 May 2017 1:33PM

PLANS to refurbish and extend Ovingham’s Bridge End pub have been withdrawn.

Applicant Amir Bayat had lodged plans to refurbish the pub with a new extension to the side. However, the planning application has now been withdrawn from Northumberland County Council’s online planning portal.

Bridge End Inn was closed to business in the wake of Storm Desmond, which saw the historic pub swamped under four feet of flood water.

It was subsequently put on the market amid concerns the 300 year old inn could be converted into accommodation.

However, the pub was sold in June last year and, in January, Mr Bayat submitted a planning application to refurbish and extend Bridge End Inn, with a larger seating area outside and a balcony.

A number of local residents objected to the proposals, suggesting the changes would not be in-keeping with the conservation area.

Ovingham Parish Council welcomed the refurbishment but objected to the proposed balcony, saying it would adversely affect neighbouring properties. The council was also concerned about the size of the the outdoor seating area.

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