FOOD could possibly be the key to protecting a village’s pub alive.
Pencaitland’s Winton Arms is at the moment closed however newly accredited plans recommend the introduction of cooked meals might give it a future.
Caledonian Heritable Ltd was given the inexperienced gentle by East Lothian Council, with the Edinburgh-based developer outlining the necessity for issues to vary on the pub.
A spokesperson for the group stated: “It isn’t at all times the case that when a public home closes its doorways as a result of it turns into financially unviable, it merely takes one other landlord to present it a fast makeover then reopen.
“Typically the proprietor of closed public home premises is required by monetary necessity to take a look at different makes use of that the buildings might be put to, or certainly whether or not the buildings might be taken down and one thing else equivalent to housing constructed of their stead.
“On this case, the proprietor of the constructing has taken the view that this native public home has a future, however not in its current type, and that it could possibly as soon as once more grow to be a well-liked amenity for the native village.”
The pub already has a kitchen to arrange and prepare dinner meals.
Nonetheless, it was felt it was “not adequate” to type the idea for re-opening the premises to the general public.
Now, adjustments shall be made indoors on the pub, with alterations to the situation of the bathrooms, in addition to area for al fresco eating.
Outdoors, an current ancillary constructing and a small extension, used as a cleaners’ retailer, shall be demolished.
East Lothian Council’s planning division accredited the proposals, which didn’t appeal to any objections.
Ralph Averbuch, chairman of Pencaitland Group Council, described a village pub as “an establishment” and hoped it might now cater extra for a household market.