The Hiltonbury Farmhouse Pub, a grade 2 listed building in North Millers Dale, is leased by Punch Taverns from Cranbury Estates. Punch want to re-open the pub and have made several planning applications to make alterations inside and outside.
The pub is adjacent to an open grass area about 35m x 50m which is subject of an agreement between Cranbury Estates and Eastleigh Borough Council made in 1980. The agreement and original plan of the area specifically commits Cranbury Estates to maintaining the community car park and public open space as a planning condition.
Fencing off the Green
Clive Watkins, representing some residents in the Deanery and Wallington Drive, said this green has always been used by residents of North Millers Dale as an amenity area. Punch Taverns have applied for planning permission to fence off the green and turn it in a private pub garden and put tables on it.
Mr Watkins said, “We are very against this and apart from all the traffic and noise, we feel that they should not be allowed to fence off this open space.
The Chandler’s Ford Parish Council supports our view following a meeting with them. A meeting has also been held with Steve Brine MP, who has been very helpful with advice. The planning application comes before the Eastleigh Borough Council LAC at 7pm on 6th July at the Dovetail Centre, Methodist Church, Chandler’s Ford (TBC).
We local residents are against any loss of this public space and would like to get as many residents as possible to attend this meeting. We feel Punch Taverns should not be permitted to fence off the green which will be lost forever for use by residents of the area.
Our view is that by all means refurbish the pub and turn it into more of a food pub rather than a wet pub. Punch Taverns must not be allowed to fence off the green.”
The planning application reference number is F/16/78284 and the post code of the pub is: SO53 2LE. The time for responses is now over so the meeting referred to above is now the way to make your view known. For more information contact: Clive Watkins; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s your view?
What do you think? Should the grass area be maintained as a public amenity, or should Punch Taverns be able to use it as they see fit? Is an agreement made 36 years ago still relevant today? If we allow this encroachment onto public land, where will the next loss be? Is land next to a pub the best place for public amenity area – is there other land that could replace it?
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There has always been a tension between land owners and the public. It came to a head in 1932 with the “Great Trespass” on Kinder Scout in the Pennines when Manchester Ramblers walked across ‘private’ grouse moors. Legislation began then and now generally takes the part of the public in giving reasonable access to walk on land for leisure. The public, for their part, must respect styles, gates, livestock, crops and any fire risk.
Trespass is not a criminal offence but you may be liable for any damage caused to crops or livestock. Of course assault of gamekeepers is criminal.
If you find an obstacle in your path, go around or move as much of it as necessary to continue.
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