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13/0810/FUL - The Royal Standard, 292 Mill Road

Decision Maker: East Area Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee received an application for full planning permission.


The application sought permission for the conversion of shop (Use Class A1) to Public House (A4) and enabling residential development (conversion and extension to provide student let accommodation and erection of five terraced houses) at the former Royal Standard.


Sheila Jeffrey and Ms Walker addressed the Committee and made the following points in objection to the application.


  i.  A small pub garden would not suit the needs of the local community and would simply be used by smokers.

  ii.  The large garden area is an attractive space and a focal point of the pub.

  iii.  The large garden and car park area could be used for community events.

  iv.  5 houses would be overdevelopment of the space.

  v.  Concerned about student accommodation above a pub.

  vi.  The Inspector identified a large garden as a key element to the long term success of a pub. 

 vii.  Concern over possible parking and noise issues.

viii.  Proposal contradicts the Local Plan and IPPG guidance.


Alistair Cook (Campaign for Real Ale) addressed the Committee regarding the application and made the following points:


  i.  Welcomed proposals to retain the pub.

  ii.  Whilst concerned about the lack of open space, the business would be viable with a large or small garden. 


Philip Kratz (Applicants Agent) and JethroScotcher-Littlechild (Licensee)addressed the Committee in support of the application.


Councillor Smart read out a statement on behalf of Councillor Bourke.


Resolved (by 6 votes to 2) to grant the application for planning permission in accordance with the officer recommendation, for the reasons set out in the officer report, and subject to the conditions recommended by the officer and the following additional condition:



New Condition 18

No development shall commence until details of facilities for the covered, secured parking of bicycles for use in connection with the development hereby permitted shall be submitted to and approved by the local planning authority in writing. The approved facilities shall be provided in accordance with the approved details before use of the development commences.


Reason: To ensure appropriate provision for the secure storage of bicycles. (Cambridge Local Plan 2006 policy 8/6)






Report author: John Evans

Publication date: 11/12/2013

Date of decision: 28/11/2013

Decided at meeting: 28/11/2013 - East Area Committee

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