A planning application by the owner of 19-21 Market Place has submitted an application to develop the site currently home to Lovibonds into 7 one-bedroom luxury flats.
Lovibonds has a long history in the town. In 1916 John Lovibond and Sons, Brewers and Wine Merchants opened a shop at the current site and traded there for a number of years. In 2005, current owner Jeff Rosenmeier re(formed) the name after taking over the site to brew a range of beers including Henley Gold, Henley Amber and Henley Dark.
The planning application was reviewed at the Henley Town Council Planning meeting this week and members voted unanimously to reject the application. Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Ken Artlett confirmed that the “Observation was for refusal. Reasons were loss of established business and alteration to listed building which would damage the fabric.”
We asked the owner, David Fitz-John for a statement about the development. To date we haven’t received a reply. Jeff Rosenmeier from Lovibonds replied, “No comment”.
Local resident, Anna Lambert has set up a Save Lovibonds Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/savelovibonds/ and is asking people to submit comments on the application at http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/ccm/support/Main.jsp?MODULE=ApplicationDetails&REF=P17/S3332/FUL#exactline by the deadline of 10 November.
SODC will make the final decision and although they are required to consider the views of the Town Council, they are in no way bound by them.