Northumberland country pub faces permanent closure as change of use plan lodged

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Plans to turn a Northumberland country pub into a home have been submitted.

The change of use application seeks retrospective permission to turn The Salutation Inn, fronting the A698 near Berwick, into a permanent residence.

A report submitted on behalf of applicants, Mr and Mrs Nedic, explains: ‘The applicant purchased The Salutation Inn and Caravan Park in 2019, at which point the inn had been vacant for around six months following the previous owner declaring bankruptcy.

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‘The small scale nature of the public house, and its relatively isolated location, meant it was increasingly difficult to make a viable business and the current Covid-19 restrictions have only served to increase the difficulties in running a public house of this size in this location.

The Salutation Inn, near Norham, Berwick.The Salutation Inn, near Norham, Berwick.
The Salutation Inn, near Norham, Berwick.

‘Following a review of the site operations, the applicant has decided not to try to reopen the public house.

‘In order to avoid the building becoming derelict, the applicant made the decision to keep it in active use by moving the site warden in from an existing caravan. No physical changes have been made to the building beyond minor refurbishments.’

The report also states the permanent removal of the pub will make it a more tranquil environment for users of the caravan park.

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It concludes: ‘Overall, the change of use has made an appropriate use of a redundant building and will prevent it from falling into disrepair.’

A final decision will be made by Northumberland County Council.

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