An application to turn a Ramsgate pub into housing has been refused.
The proposal outlined in planning documents was to create three homes at the Chilton Tavern in Pegwell Road.
Minimal changes were expected to be made to the façade of the building.
In documents submitted by agents LT Drawing Services it says the Tavern is no longer viable as a pub and the business has seen takings decrease considerably over the past 10-year period due to the impact of no-smoking legislation and cheaper sales of alcohol being provided by local retail outlets.
The document states: “At present the pub is struggling to attract patrons and is not viable as a public house competing with local family pubs and restaurants which have the space and gardens to attract families and tourists alike.
“It is however recognised that it is a long standing and valued community facility. The economic reality is that for most pubs, unless they are able to offer a particular service such as a high-quality restaurant, a vibrant live entertainment scheme or some other important cache, they are unviable. They simply can’t survive with a handful of regulars and an occasional event. The result has been wholesale and massive pub closure both in urban and in rural areas.
“There are a large number of former public houses, located on residential streets which historically traded on the locals spending considerable amounts of time frequenting and using their services, however society has changed over the past 10-15 years and no-longer can these local public houses provide for the local community who increasing wish for family orientated establishments with safe and secure gardens and recreational facilities.
“The proposal recognises the difficulties of running a local pub such as The Chilton Tavern in this location, which, without a radical change, the building will either close because it is simply not viable, or be run in a way that will seek to improve its viability by extended opening hours, live music functions etc. But that kind of development, if it were possible, would impact upon the living conditions of neighbours.
“The proposals involve a creative solution to the problem. The building would be retained and enhanced.”
The application was supported by Ramsgate Town Council.
Thanet council’s decision to refuse permission was issued yesterday (October 12) although there are no accompanying documents to state the reason for the refusal.