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Owners apply to change Bovingdon's Royal Oak pub into a private house
A Bovingdon pub, which closed to drinkers six months ago, may be turned into a private house.
The Royal Oak pub in Bovingdon Green is currently closed and the owners, a Mr and Mrs Power, have put in a planning application to change the use of the pub into a four or five bedroom house.
The application has not yet been considered by Dacorum Borough Council. However residents have voiced their concerns that the community would be deprived of its only rural public house.
It is thought residents had hoped the premises, located at the junction between Middle Lane, Water Lane and The Green, would one day reopen as a pub.
David Varney, from the Highways authority, said they were in support of the application.
Mr Varney said: "The highway authority considers the proposed change of use to a single dwelling of the former Royal Oak PH will result in a significant decrease in vehicle movements from this site.
"This development is therefore unlikely to result in a significant impact on the safety and operation of the adjacent highway consequently; the highway authority does not consider it could substantiate a highway objection to this proposal."
It is hoped a final decision will be made at the council committee meeting on Thursday, November 29.
Meanwhile, residents are invited to discuss the plans at a Bovingdon Parish Council meeting on Monday, November 5, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, High Street. If you wish to have your say, contact the parish council in advance on 01442 833036 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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