A planning application to demolish the Crown and Thistle and build up to 9 flats was submitted last January. This was later changed to Planning in Principle to develop the site for up to 9 flats (questions of design, demolition etc to be considered in later applications).
The application was called in by local councillors and considered at the Planning Meeting of 20th Sept. Planning officers agreed that the owners had not made sufficient effort to maintain the pub as a going concern but recommended the application be approved.
Councillors considered that approving the application would set an unacceptable precedent and rejected the application. If approved it would signal to developers that a building could be left to decay in the hope that demolition and development would then be approved.