Villagers will be given chance to run Bratton Fleming enterprise

The White Hart in Bratton Fleming closed in 2012. Picture: Andy KeebleThe White Hart in Bratton Fleming closed in 2012. Picture: Andy Keeble

Plans to breathe new life into a village pub have been submitted to North Devon Council.

Bratton Fleming's White Hart closed in December 2012 but North Devon businessman Philip Milton hopes his proposal to build a row of cottages at the rear of the pub will enable it to reopen.

Mr Milton is also seeking permission to change part of the interior to also create a tea room, shop and post office.

If approved, he said he would offer the villagers the opportunity to buy or rent and run the enterprise, and he called on them to support the application.

Villagers have listed Bratton Fleming's The White Hart as an Asset of Community Value in the hope to see it re-open. Picture: Andy KeebleVillagers have listed Bratton Fleming's The White Hart as an Asset of Community Value in the hope to see it re-open. Picture: Andy Keeble

"If you want to see a pub back on the site, please email/write to support the application so that at last the property can become the community hub we always envisaged it could be," said Mr Milton.

But villagers, who successfully listed the pub as an asset of community value in September 2014, have already voiced concern over the proposal.

Trevor Hilton, a former pub landlord himself, told the Gazette in July 2015: "We've got our vision and he has got his; quite honestly they are poles apart at the moment. It's not what we envisage; what he is offering is too small and we don't think it will work.

"If we are to make it a viable option and a going concern we need all the rooms in the pub to open and to offer good food at reasonable prices."

Members of the public have until February 17 to comment on the plans.