Plans to convert a historic Banbury pub into living accommodation has been approved by Cherwell District Council.
The Duke of Wellington on the Warwick Road has been closed since the start of the year but a proposal to convert the pub into three dwellings was given the green light yesterday (Monday).
Residents living nearby the pub had expressed concerns at the thought of losing another pub in the town, and North Oxfordshire CAMRA had also opposed the development.
But in making their decision, an officer report from Cherwell District Council said: “The application site is located within the existing built up area close to a wide range of services and facilities. It would also make use of previously developed land and provide for a modest number of new dwellings.
The loss of the public house is considered to be a finely balanced matter. However on balance it is considered to be acceptable given the evidence submitted, the lack of objection from the local community to the loss of the facility and also the relatively wide availability of alternative provision to serve the previous catchment the pub would have served.”