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    WHITEE1987 wrote:
    The planning permission was rejected because the neighbours opposed it. If no one had objected then they would have got the permission albeit after the building. Neighbours are using the noise as an excuse and swearing and violence as an excuse. You think its bad there come down the farmhouse on a Friday night now the new manager has taken over. We get all the little scrotes back who were previously banned. Swearing and fighting is a common occurence. But hey funnily enough dont read of any complaints do ya. The professional panning officers as someone calls em allowed yet another budget slap dash development on the old BAT site which is at the bottom of my garden. They built a shoddy excuse for a new clubhouse and put flats and houses up that will be falling to pieces in the next year. All this on a football pitch in use by a local team, yea they moved em to a new ground. However this ground has crap facilities and is at loggerheads with the local town team on a regular basis. When are people just going to learn that the sytem in f****d and back handers go along way with people in positions of power.
    Being an ex BAT employee I can tell you many R&D employees of BAT & all the associated sports clubs didn't want that development but with no longer having a Production facility BAT were determined to get the best price for that site.
    As for the Testwood if they had a load of people playing Petanque or lawn bowls out in the garden would these neighbours be complaining still?"
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The Testwood pub in Totton is ordered to axe new facilities

The Testwood

The Testwood

First published in New Forest Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

PUB bosses are battling to save a six-figure improvement scheme that has transformed a Hampshire watering hole.

Managers at Greene King are fighting an enforcement notice instructing them to demolish new facilities at The Testwood pub in Salisbury Road, Totton.

Major alterations were made without planning permission, including the provision of a timber-framed shelter housing an outdoor dining area.

Members of New Forest District Council rejected a retrospective application after people living near the pub complained about noise, extra traffic and light pollution.

Speaking at the time, Councillor Pat Wyeth said: “I’m absolutely horrified to see that The Testwood has done all this without permission.

“Pub chains can’t just walk roughshod over people who live near their premises.”

Councillor George Dart added: “The applicant has treated this authority – and the local residents – with complete contempt.”

Planning officers recommended that the committee approve the work, claiming the council could resolve any problems caused by The Testwood. But councillors ignored their advice and rejected the application.

Greene King, which owns the pub, was subsequently served with an enforcement notice instructing it to remove all the unauthorised new facilities.

The notice said people living nearby would be forced to endure unacceptable levels of noise unless the alterations were reversed.

Now Greene King has lodged an appeal, saying the new-look pub is not causing harm.

It also claims that the enforcement notice is invalid because it was not signed by the council’s head of legal services, Grainne O’Rourke.

A Greene King spokesman said: “An appeal has been lodged because we believe our customers have greatly benefited from the improvements to this popular pub.”

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