3 April 2018

Development Management

Mid Suffolk District Council

Planning Department

Endeavour House

8 Russell Road


Dear sir/Madam

RE: Planning application DC/18/00787

I am writing as Chairman of the committee which has formed the Swan Worlingworth Community Pub Limited, a charitable organisation put together for the express purpose of acquiring The Swan public house on behalf of the community of Worlingworth. We are working in conjunction with the Plunkett Foundation, who have provided the template for organising the company, and who will also support the effort financially in due course.

We are most disturbed at the planning application referred to above as this land is contiguous with the site of The Swan, which is a Grade 2 listed building and an Asset of Community Value.

The first matter of objection is that the plans show access to the residential units as a “shared access” with the public house. It is entirely inappropriate to mix a residential access with what will be a heavily trafficed route to the main entrance to the pub. Indeed the access shown is directly opposite and adjoining the main entrance.

Secondly, there is no indication of a drainage system. If such drainage were to run in the access route, this would create difficulties for maintenance and cause nuisance and disruption to the pub access.

Thirdly, this pub has always been a live music venue and there is both case precedent and ministerial statement to support the refusal of planning consent for residential development when adjacent to a live music pub. The George Tavern won a planning refusal at Appeal in just such a case, and the Secretary of State for Housing  said “music venues play a vital role in our communities bringing people together and contributing to the local economy. I have always thought it unfair that the burden is on music venues to solve noise issues when property developers choose to build nearby.”

We therefore urge the Council to refuse consent to this application to avoid such issues.

Yours sincerely