Approval to convert village pub into a house

Last orders? The Sportsmans Arms in Wing
Last orders? The Sportsmans Arms in Wing

A Wing pub could be set to call time at the bar for the last time after planning permission was granted to convert it into a house.

Proposals put forward by Punch Taverns to allow the Sportsmans Arms in Littleworth to be turned into a four bedroomed home were approved last week by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Punch Taverns will be hoping the decision could help to attract a buyer for the pub, which has failed to sell despite being up for sale since November 2011.

Although Punch dropped the value of the property by £75,000 over the course of its first year on the market, the property has only attracted one offer to date from a developer considering turning the site into residential property.

But allowing the proposed change of use looks likely to prove unpopular with many local residents who still use the pub.

Wing parish councillors had objected to the application because the Sportsmans Arms is the village’s last remaining traditional pub not to serve food.

Councillors also expressed concerns that the pub will be the only one to serve an additional 50 new homes planned for development in the area over the next 15 years. Regulars had also been up in arms about the plans which also include proposals to build a separate bungalow in the existing pub car park and to demolish part of an extension to the existing building. One customer described the Sportsmans Arms as the ‘best traditional pub in the village’.

A spokesman for Punch Taverns confirmed that the company will use the new planning permission to market the sale of the property but added that it will remain open for business until a buyer is found.