Voluntary Groups & Charities

White Hart, Hamstead Marshall – June 2018 update

After two and a half years and two planning applications to convert the White Hart into dwellings the owner’s appeal against local planning authority’s refusal decisions has also been thrown out.

Hamstead Marshall has been identified with the White Hart for generations and the decision of the Inspector acknowledged the importance of the village pub within our community.

We are very grateful for this result because it has saved the pub and demonstrated that rural communities should not be at the mercy of developers who exploit planning regulations with questionable arguments, for their own ends.

The decision was almost entirely due to the massive response of the wider area, not just the village, with hundreds of objections to the planning authority and the Inspectorate. Backed up by the determination of the campaign group who, over the best part of three years, amply demonstrated that the White Hart was far from ‘redundant’, as the owner claimed in her campaign to recover from a failed enterprise.

Although the decision does not guarantee the pub will re-open it has stopped the development and we will not be celebrating properly until we have our pub fully open again.

It has been very hard work but a privilege to be involved with such a small but determined community. It closed ranks and immediately rallied behind the campaign. I would like to thank all those who supported the campaign, particularly the campaign group itself.

John Handy
Chairman of Save the White Hart Group.
john@jphforestry.co.uk

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