Anger over attempts to list ‘iconic’ pub

PUBLISHED: 17:23 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:22 22 August 2017

Cleeve residents have responded to Tout's plans for the old Lord Nelson pub with hand made protest boards on Pound Green opposite the Lord Nelson building. Picture: NICK PAGE HAYMAN

Cleeve residents have responded to Tout's plans for the old Lord Nelson pub with hand made protest boards on Pound Green opposite the Lord Nelson building. Picture: NICK PAGE HAYMAN

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Owners of a former pub are unhappy at the community’s attempt to list the building.

Tout Ltd bought it from Greene King last year and has been working on plans for a petrol station, food store, hairdressers, offices and a café/pub, although many villagers do not like the plan.

In the spring Cleeve Parish Council vowed to try to get the pub listed, which would restrict development.

Managing director Jon Tout is frustrated by the bid, saying he has already compromised on initial plans for a filling station and shop. He said: “We’ve never run a pub. Nevertheless, we’ve spent the past seven months trying to understand why the last one failed and how a new one may succeed.”

Campaigner Ian Fergusson said: “Tout has engaged in helpful ongoing discussions about how a pub can remain there.

“However, villagers have united to oppose any scheme that involves razing their valued and iconic heritage asset: a talismanic interwar building within the architectural context of Cleeve.”

Historic England has met Tout advisors and will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who will have the final say.

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