Campaign to save New Inn pub at Swanmore

Ray Freshwater and other campaigners who are hoping to save the New Inn in Swanmore

Ray Freshwater and other campaigners who are hoping to save the New Inn in Swanmore

First published in Food News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

A CAMPAIGN is under way to block developers from bulldozing a muchloved Hampshire pub.

The New Inn at Swanmore has been closed since October and plans are afoot to turn the 19th century watering-hole in to four new homes.

But villagers have been left outraged by the proposals to demolish what they have described as the “heart” of their community.

A first application to develop the site has gone to appeal prompting a petition signed by dozens of residents.

But a second full application containing fresh proposals has since been launched and villagers are already bombarding planning bosses with letters of objection.

The pub’s brewery, Greene King, has said that an “extensive property review” found it was no longer viable as a business.

The most recent plans, submitted by Andrew Scott, involve replacing the pub with a mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses.

Nobody was available from the pub to discuss the matter while the developers declined to comment.

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10:07pm Tue 7 Feb 12

Ozmosis says...

Disappointed to see the pub close, as I used to drink there when I lived locally. However the location of the plot on the main road is terrible, and if homes are to be built there then hopefully some sort of landscaping to make the traffic visible to those trying to leave the new homes, and vice versa, is sorted.
Disappointed to see the pub close, as I used to drink there when I lived locally. However the location of the plot on the main road is terrible, and if homes are to be built there then hopefully some sort of landscaping to make the traffic visible to those trying to leave the new homes, and vice versa, is sorted. Ozmosis
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8:14am Wed 8 Feb 12

Pikey Pete says...

If All 10 in the picture spent 10k each per year in the pub then it might be viable as a business.

However, I don't think they will each be spending 200 a week in it.

Drink driving is illegal...Hence a sad fact of the this time...It has to be Knocked down.

And yes it is sad. So many local landmarks. Which pubs are. Have now gone. But we do have a totally different society today and different people.!!!
If All 10 in the picture spent 10k each per year in the pub then it might be viable as a business. However, I don't think they will each be spending 200 a week in it. Drink driving is illegal...Hence a sad fact of the this time...It has to be Knocked down. And yes it is sad. So many local landmarks. Which pubs are. Have now gone. But we do have a totally different society today and different people.!!! Pikey Pete
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5:43pm Wed 15 Feb 12

RobyMcAndrew says...

Sadly, I fear Greene King may have a point. The last landlord had a good try at re-vitalising the pub, but failed to attract enough business.

To get enough customers these days, a pub has to serve a choice of decent beers. To make a choice of decent beers viable, you need enough customers. With three other pubs within walking distance, and several others within a short drive; gaining this amount of business in the current climate is not going to happen.

I can see only three choices:
Redevelop the site
Convert the existing building into an house
Have it stand empty.

Very sad, but there it is.
Sadly, I fear Greene King may have a point. The last landlord had a good try at re-vitalising the pub, but failed to attract enough business. To get enough customers these days, a pub has to serve a choice of decent beers. To make a choice of decent beers viable, you need enough customers. With three other pubs within walking distance, and several others within a short drive; gaining this amount of business in the current climate is not going to happen. I can see only three choices: Redevelop the site Convert the existing building into an house Have it stand empty. Very sad, but there it is. RobyMcAndrew
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