The planning committee yesterday (26 November) decided to defer a decision to give the community time to make a bid to buy it as a community asset. Babergh have 8 weeks to approve it as a community asset and then there is a six month moratorium on selling the pub to allow time for a community bid.
The committee said they wanted to wait the full 8 weeks plus six months.
I would have thought a refusal would have been much more straight forward and easier to defend at appeal – that seemed to be the advice from officers – and councillors Desmond Keane, Kathryn Grandon and Bryn Hurren were putting together some good planning reasons, with the advice of officers, for refusal.
Unfortunately their move to refuse was lost by 5 votes to 8.
Here is the East Anglian report http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/villagers_submit_last_ditch_bid_to_save_their_only_pub_the_white_horse_in_hitcham_1_3864075