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Fewer reasons to shop at Morrisons for village

Deanshanger residents protesting about The Fox and Hounds pub being turned into a Morrissons store. PNL-140708-114614009

Deanshanger residents protesting about The Fox and Hounds pub being turned into a Morrissons store. PNL-140708-114614009

A derelict pub which villagers were told would be turned into a restaurant is to become a Morrisons Local.

Angry residents in Deanshanger attended a parish council meeting this week to discuss plans to turn the former Fox and Hounds pub into a small branch of the supermarket chain.

Parish council chairman, Alan Dott, said planning permission had been granted in February to add a rear extension to the pub with a view to using it as a restaurant, which had received support from the village.

But a couple of months later, villagers were horrified to find the former pub would actually be a Morrisons.

Mr Dott said: “There were wonderful promises about how it was going to be a pub. Then in July, someone saw jobs being advertised for a Morrisons in Deanshanger.

“We asked Morrisons where their site was and they told us Fox and Hounds. People are not happy about it.”

More than 200 people attended Wednesday’s meeting with most saying they didn’t want the new store, raising concerns about parking and deliveries being made to the store.

“How are they going to get the lorries to that little store? It will kill the village shops,” Mr Dott added.

A follow-up meeting is being held in the village next Wednesday.

The site has changed hands since the original applicant, School Green Ltd, received planning permission.

School Green sold the site to 14i Capital.

It has since been purchased by WE Black, who told villagers they bought the site with the contract with Morrisons already in place.

An SNC spokesman said: “Whether planning permission for the change of use would be required can only be determined once we receive a proposal from Morrisons.”

A Morrisons spokesman said: “Morrisons has entered into a lease agreement with the landlord to open a new Morrisons Local convenience store at the Fox and Hounds public house in Deanshanger.

“As a tenant, we did not have an involvement with the approved planning application.

“We are known for being a responsible retailer and as such work within set guidance and policy.”

No one from 14i Capital was available for comment at time of going to press.

 

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