THE LANDLORD of a well-known village pub in North Cornwall could be celebrating after a planning meeting on Monday.
Barry Burton, who owns and runs the White Hart in St Teath, has applied to Cornwall Council to vary or remove a Section 106 agreement which ties ownership of a house in his car park to the public house, and also restricts its occupation to employees of the pub or use as a holiday let unit.
Mr Burton told the Cornish Guardian yesterday that his application was advertised as if he wanted to sell the house, but that was not his intention.
"I'm 66 and thinking of cutting back on the work I do in the business. At the moment I let the house and will continue to do so, but if I wanted to lease out the pub and live in the house myself it could be awkward. Having the restrictions lifted will give me more options for the future." Cornwall Council planners have recommended the legal agreement tying the house to the pub be lifted when the east sub-area planning committee meets at Liskeard on Monday.
The house, called Yertiz and situated in the pub's rear overflow car park, was built in 2007. The site adjoins St Teath Conservation Area.
The application seeks to discharge the requirements of clauses of the agreement which tie the ownership of the dwelling and land to the pub, and restrict occupation of the house to owner, manager or employee accommodation associated to the White Hart Inn, or as holiday let accommodation used in association with the pub.
St Teath Parish Council does not support the application saying the agreement was accepted when the new-build application was approved, and should remain.