As expected Mr Barmby’s plans have been thwarted.
Thank you everybody who made representations to the council. Sensibly, and in line with local and national planning guidelines, the destruction of The Thorold Arms as the village pub, shop and social hub has again been refused by SKDC planners.
The Thorold Arms (CBS) Ltd has offered to buy the pub from Mr Barmby for a generous price and well over the intrinsic value of the property as a pub and shop. Unfortunately Mr Barmby paid over the odds for the pub at auction and does not seem able to “cut his losses” and refuses to meet with anyone to discuss ways to end the impasse.
Hopefully this second planning refusal will see a change of heart. As villagers, we all wait in anticipation.