The Planning Officer investigating the current situation at The Star public house in St John’s Wood Terrace says that, after considering all of the evidence available, the planners are of the opinion that a material change of use requiring planning permission has taken place at the site.
The planners have written to the freeholder and the tenant requesting that the pub ceases to be used other than a public house within 28 days, otherwise formal action will be considered.
The Council cannot force the owner to open as a pub, but only a pub use will be lawful. If the owners fail to cease using the building other than as a public house, and if an enforcement notice is served, the owner will have a right of appeal.
We will keep you posted on any further news we hear.