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Popular pub in South Downs National Park set to be a home

The Argus: South Downs National Park South Downs National Park

A popular pub in the heart of the South Downs National Park is set to be turned into a family home – after the landlord’s retirement plans were kicked out.

Ian Lewis has run The Rose Cottage in the tiny village of Alciston, near Polegate, for decades, scooping a series of awards along the way.

But, much to the disappointment of scores of walkers and day trippers wanting ploughman’s and pints, the landlord is due to call time on the premises.


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According to neighbours, converting it into a home is the “only option” for Mr Lewis and his wife Jenny to remain in the village after retirement.

This was because a previous application for a private dwelling on their own land adjacent to the pub was refused.

With a decision set to be made by the South Downs National Park Authority in the coming weeks, villagers are split on the news.

Commenting on the plan, John Fisher, who lives in the village, said: “If the landlord can’t retire and live in the village he was brought up in, by building his own house, what else do we expect?

“Yes he could sell the pub, but he would then have to move out of the village he has lived in for nearly 60 years.

“How can we make anybody do that? He is much more part of the village than the 95% of people who came to live here. It is his building, and irrespective of any other considerations, he should be allowed to do it.”

But John Hurwood, who lives in the village, said: “This pub helps the local economy and provides an amenity and an attraction for visitors. It would be greatly missed.

“The planning decision should be based on an overview of the Park’s need in the long term, another house or the valued asset that is there now.”

Fellow villager Geoff Watson said: “Rose Cottage represents an important facility to the new South Downs National Park.

“The pub attracts visitors all year round – many of whom go on to visit the church and the historic medieval farmstead in Alciston.”

Adrian Burrel, of Lewes Road, Selmeston, said: “Loss of amenity cannot be a reason for rejecting this application, as there are actually two public houses in the parish of Alciston.

“I assume that anyone that is against the application has just realised that it may affect the value of their own property.”

A decision is set to be taken by the authority by the end of this month.

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10:28am Mon 20 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Where's the photo of the pub?
Where's the photo of the pub? getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

10:39am Mon 20 Jan 14

Rose Cottager says...

Rose Cottage will be sorely missed, it serves excellent food at a very reasonable price, and the landlord Ian is a real character. Typical "jobsworth" planning officers who turned down his earlier application to build a retirement home at the back of the site, which would have allowed the pub to be leased to a new owner. You can comment on the current planning application at http://planningpubli
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Rose Cottage will be sorely missed, it serves excellent food at a very reasonable price, and the landlord Ian is a real character. Typical "jobsworth" planning officers who turned down his earlier application to build a retirement home at the back of the site, which would have allowed the pub to be leased to a new owner. You can comment on the current planning application at http://planningpubli caccess.southdowns.g ov.uk/online-applica tions/applicationDet ails.do?activeTab=ma keComment&keyVal=MWV MB5TU02O00 Rose Cottager
  • Score: 4

1:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Number Six says...

That's a shame. When I lived in Brighton I often used to go to the Rose Cottage and the Cricketers at Berwick quite a lot. Bad enough that pubs are closing because of lack of trade without having some jobsworth making things worse.

Sir Humphrey would be proud
That's a shame. When I lived in Brighton I often used to go to the Rose Cottage and the Cricketers at Berwick quite a lot. Bad enough that pubs are closing because of lack of trade without having some jobsworth making things worse. Sir Humphrey would be proud Number Six
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Balmy zephyrs says...

The landlord and his mother and father before him have run this pub, for 55 years it would be a great loss . However , the villagers were originally against his first application to build a home , on land adjacent to the pub with its own access. Then they realised that the value of their property would fall if the pub closed , so , they now support his planning application which has been turned down by ' jobs worth' . However the majority of villagers do not support the pub on a regular basis , so it makes sound financial sense for the pub to close and be turned onto the landlords private residence.
My understanding is that the majority of pubs within a five mile radius of Rose Cottage are on the market . And there are no buyers looking to buy.
The downside of this type of publicity is that it is very unsettling for their loyal staff and subsequently could make life difficult for the landlord. Should permission be given for change of use , he will have 3 years to effect the change.
As far as the villagers are concerned it is difficult to have any sympathy for them , change will take place , perhaps they should reflect on how they can now support the landlord.
The landlord and his mother and father before him have run this pub, for 55 years it would be a great loss . However , the villagers were originally against his first application to build a home , on land adjacent to the pub with its own access. Then they realised that the value of their property would fall if the pub closed , so , they now support his planning application which has been turned down by ' jobs worth' . However the majority of villagers do not support the pub on a regular basis , so it makes sound financial sense for the pub to close and be turned onto the landlords private residence. My understanding is that the majority of pubs within a five mile radius of Rose Cottage are on the market . And there are no buyers looking to buy. The downside of this type of publicity is that it is very unsettling for their loyal staff and subsequently could make life difficult for the landlord. Should permission be given for change of use , he will have 3 years to effect the change. As far as the villagers are concerned it is difficult to have any sympathy for them , change will take place , perhaps they should reflect on how they can now support the landlord. Balmy zephyrs
  • Score: 10

3:09pm Mon 20 Jan 14

clarkebrighton says...

I bet the same People who Opposed the Pub Closure and Change of use are the very same People who have NEVER SUPPORTED the Place or
Spent a Penny in there. Which is a Shame really.

The Pub Business is very Hard work, and with very Long Hours nowdays, for Peanuts for most Publicans.

Its that Old Saying " USE IT OR LOSE IT" Im afraid.
I bet the same People who Opposed the Pub Closure and Change of use are the very same People who have NEVER SUPPORTED the Place or Spent a Penny in there. Which is a Shame really. The Pub Business is very Hard work, and with very Long Hours nowdays, for Peanuts for most Publicans. Its that Old Saying " USE IT OR LOSE IT" Im afraid. clarkebrighton
  • Score: 9

3:54pm Mon 20 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

The only answer to this issue is to find a plot of land within the confines of the village that will attract planning permission for a single dwelling. I can't believe that there is a blanket ban on new homes being built. The down side of this idea is that the publican will have to stump up the money to buy the building plot, maybe some of this cost could be offset by him selling the land he wanted to build on to a buyer that can use it for a purpose that the planning authorities would accept. He would still be out of pocket but not overly so. Are there zero house available for him to buy, does he have to build his own house?
The only answer to this issue is to find a plot of land within the confines of the village that will attract planning permission for a single dwelling. I can't believe that there is a blanket ban on new homes being built. The down side of this idea is that the publican will have to stump up the money to buy the building plot, maybe some of this cost could be offset by him selling the land he wanted to build on to a buyer that can use it for a purpose that the planning authorities would accept. He would still be out of pocket but not overly so. Are there zero house available for him to buy, does he have to build his own house? VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

4:08am Tue 21 Jan 14

losdude says...

I find it disgusting that people are not allowed to build a home for themselves on land that they own!
fair enough if he was to build an eyesore block of flats, but if it's for him to retire in what is the problem?
I find it disgusting that people are not allowed to build a home for themselves on land that they own! fair enough if he was to build an eyesore block of flats, but if it's for him to retire in what is the problem? losdude
  • Score: 1

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