Robbed of yet another pub?

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The pub where police based themselves during their investigations into the Great Train Robbery looks likely to be demolished.

Planning Matters LLP have submitted a plan on behalf of Mark Oates to pull down the Hare and Hounds in Ledburn, and use the land for three houses.

Now, Aylesbury Vale District Council must decided if it will sanction the scheme for the pub, which closed down in December 2012 due to a decrease in business for the owner Greene King.

With the population of Ledburn just 100 people and 23 pubs within a 4.3-mile radius, the applicant says it is clear the premises is no longer viable as a business.

The applications adds that the Hare and Hounds trading area is just 1,300sqft, significantly below the 5,000sqft needed to accomodate dining space to make it a feasible food and family led business.

Refurbishment would also cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and following extensive marketing no purchaser for the pub found.

A previous attempt to build a block of 20-bedrooms on the land was refused in 1990 on the grounds of it would “result in the increased use of two accesses to the highway where visibility is restricted which would lead to increased conditions of danger”.

Pictured: How the redevelopment could look.