Plans to convert The Salmon Inn at East Ord, near Berwick, into homes turned down by councillors
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Punch Pubs had submitted proposals that would have seen The Salmon Inn at East Ord near Berwick converted into three apartments. A further four homes were proposed in its grounds to the rear.
The pub has been on the market since May 2022, but there has been a lack of serious offers to retain the building as a pub since then.
Members of the North Northumberland Local Area Committee were told on Thursday that the inn was not a “viable business”.
Council planners had also recommended the application for approval, subject to a developer contribution of £4,305 towards the Coastal Mitigation Service and various planning conditions.
However, speaking at the meeting, Coun Guy Renner-Thompson called on his fellow committee members to refuse the application.
He said: “I’m not satisfied with the viability assessment. It is for sale for £500,000 – plus VAT that will be £600,000. It’s never going to be viable at that price.
“If the price was dropped it could work. Maybe in the future it could be made into houses, but I think it is still a bit too soon.”
Coun Catherine Seymour agreed and she said: “I’m sad that this hasn’t really been supported enough to keep it as a community asset. The objectors and the parish council want to keep it.
“Eighteen months isn’t very long and the price is too high. I also think it would be overdevelopment on that site.”
However, Coun Colin Hardy felt that the application should be given the go-ahead.
He said: “I hate seeing a pub close. I can remember going in a thousand times – but I can only remember coming out a few times!
“A distant relative tried to make it viable and it did not go well. As much as I hate the thought of the pub closing, just having an empty building is no good – we have to sometimes be realistic. I will not be supporting it.”
Despite this, the plans were rejected by six votes to three.