Stockland Community Pub Group

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Stockland Community Pub Ltd

(This page is maintained by the Stockland Community Pub Ltd. (SCPL) Management Committee)
SCPL is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 - No. 32191R.
Registered Office: Shorms, Shore Bottom, Stockland, Honiton, Devon EX14 9DQ

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Planning Inspectorate Appeal Decisions

Inspector Blocks Building on Car Park and use of Barn and Skittle Alley as Residences

Following the Public Hearing held in Axminster Guildhall on 20th September 2017 to determine the outcome of the seven separate planning applications relating to the Kings Arms Inn in Stockland, the appeal Decisions have now been published. The decisions relating to all seven appeals are contained in one document which is available to download at the Planning Inspectorate website:
We have summarised the decisions in a table below.

Stockland Community Pub Limited believe that the Inspector’s decisions, which deny permission both to build new houses and to convert important parts of the pub to housing are a significant step forward in our campaign to restore the entire Kings Arms as a functioning public house. We believe there is now no realistic prospect of residential development on the site for the foreseeable future. We could not have achieved this without you so thank you for all your support.

Appeal Decisions Dismissed – Residential Housing and Change of Use

No new houses may be built on the car park and the change of use of the skittle alley and barn to residential use are not permitted. The Inspector recognised that development of these facilities would be likely to have an adverse effect on the pub and its custom which would affect its viability and that ultimately this could lead to its permanent closure with consequent harm to the social well-being of the local community. This is entirely consistent with the view which SCPL has held throughout our campaign, and with all the professional advice we have received, that implementation of these proposals could fatally undermine the pub as a viable business.

Appeal Decision Allowed – Demolition of Recent Extensions and Internal Changes

The decision to allow the proposed demolition of recent extensions and changes to the internal layout and rear extension of the core Grade II listed building is of some concern because it could lead to the pub, the skittle alley and the barn becoming disconnected, with the associated loss of the covered spaces between the buildings. We have yet to hear the Applicant’s response to the appeal decisions but, under the circumstances, we think it unlikely that they will go forward with these proposals. They have consistently argued that these cannot proceed without the profit from the residential developments.

Listed Building Consents (LBCs)

The Inspector makes clear in his report that all seven Planning Applications must be examined and judged on their own merits separately. However it appears that, relying largely on advice provided by EDDC, the Inspector found that there was no significant adverse impact on the historical nature and fabric of the listed building, so he has allowed each of the LBCs to stand.
We are advised it is unusual for a physical conversion to be allowed without the respective change of use and are seeking further advice in this regard.

The Way Ahead

For a full understanding of the reasoning behind the decisions, SCPL urges you to read the Inspector’s report in full. It is clear from the report that the Inspector attached considerable importance to the likely effect of any development on social well-being and the commercial viability of the pub. In doing so, he has clearly noted the many representations made by local residents and other interested parties and the representations made at the hearing.
Going forward, we will now try to establish how the owner of the Kings Arms, Horatio Properties, will respond to these decisions, given that it is not now possible for them to implement their proposed scheme in full. We will be seeking a constructive dialogue to find a way to bring the pub back into use for the benefit of the community as soon as possible.
In the meantime, once again, SCPL would like to thank all those people who have supported us both in the form of written representations and/or by attending the hearing. We are also grateful for the invaluable and ongoing advice which we have received from Dale Ingram of Planning 4 Pubs. We are continuing to work with Dale to achieve the outcome we desire.

Further information

At this stage we only have the information contained in the Planning Inspectorate decision document. If anyone would like to discuss informally any aspects of the appeal decisions we will try to assist.
Contact phone numbers:
Peter Maitland 01404 881237(h) 07767 690890(m)
Andy Kippax 07976 028706
Damian Clay 01404 881833
SCPL Management Committee, 12th October 2017

Table of Appeal Decisions

Planning Inspectorate & EDDC Reference * Proposal Appeal Decision
A APP/U1105/W/17/3173434 16/1560/OUT Outline application with all matters reserved for the erection of 2no dwellings with car ports Dismissed
B APP/U1105/W/17/3173436 16/1561/FUL Conversion of existing outbuilding [Skittle Alley] to 2 bedroom cottage Dismissed
C APP/U1105/Y/17/3173534 16/1562/LBC Conversion of existing outbuilding [Skittle Alley] to 2 bedroom cottage Allowed
D APP/U1105/W/17/3173599 16/1532/ FUL Conversion of existing barn to 2 bedroomed cottage Dismissed
E APP/U1105/Y/17/3173608 16/1533/LBC Conversion of existing barn to 2 bedroomed cottage Allowed
F APP/U1105/W/17/3173611 16/1534/ FUL Demolition of recent extensions and minor revisions to the internal layout and rear extension Allowed
G APP/U1105/Y/17/3173616 16/1535/LBC Demolition of recent extensions and minor revisions to the internal layout and rear extension Allowed

* OUT = Outline Application; FUL = Full Planning Application; LBC = Listed Building Consent

SCPL Annual Returns & Accounts

Stockland Community Pub Ltd (SCPL) is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (2014). We have a set of Governance Rules sponsored by The Plunkett Foundation and lodged with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Consequently, The Management Committee is obliged to send an Annual Return to the FCA every year, and include a signed set of accounts. Our Year End is 30th September, and you can find copies of the accounts which have been sent to the FCA in the list of documents at the bottom of this page.
Any member of the public who is interested can ask to see signed copies of the accounts, and our Bank Statements by arrangement with the Secretary, Sheelagh Dawes (see below for contact details).

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Stockland Community Pub Ltd. Management Committee

Chair : Peter Maitland (01404 881237)
Vice-Chair : Damian Clay (01404 881833)
Treasurer : Andy Kippax
Secretary : Sheelagh Dawes (01404 881833)
Members : Jill Bellamy (01404 881641)
You can email us at

Additional Management Committee members can be co-opted on to the team until we are in a position to issue community shares. After this happens, at the following Annual Members Meeting, all of the 'start-up' committee members must stand down and the shareholders will elect a new committee. Committee members can stand for re-election and any other shareholder can also stand. A maximum of twelve people serve on the committee at any one time. Committee members have to sign up to a Code of Conduct document provided by Plunkett, a copy of which is available for download below.

Society Governance Rules
Stockland Community Pub Limited has now been registered by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Registered Society ('Registered Society' is a new term replacing 'Industrial and Provident Society' or IPS. This registration allows us the chance to fund the purchase by a combination of a share issue and by attracting charitable donations.
We have chosen the Plunkett Model Rules as our governance document and these have been now registered with the FCA. A copy of the Rules is available for download below. The Rules provide the legal framework for fulfilling the aims of the Society.

Please download and complete a Share Pledge Form from the documents below, and return it either by post or email to the address shown on the form.

You can also make copies of any or all of these documents for your family, friends and colleagues who may wish to become involved in our group by providing practical and/or financial support