Last orders for Royal Oak

Royal Oak pub Bovingdon closure campaign
Royal Oak pub Bovingdon closure campaign

A campaign to save a village pub from being turned into a home has been lost.

The application to turn the Royal Oak on Bovingdon Green, Bovingdon, into a four-bed home was first refused by planning chiefs in December.

They said the conversion would result in the loss of a social and community facility and that insufficient evidence had been provided to demonstrate that the pub – situated in the Green Belt – was not economically viable.

Feelings were so strong that a campaign group dedicated to saving the drinking venue was set up and Bovingdon Parish Council objected to the plan.

But an appeal bid, which attracted 48 objections and eight letters of support, saw the home plan given the green light.

The pub has already been closed by its owner after the tenants left.