The owners of the Red Lion Hotel, MG Hotels Group have withdrawn their outline planning application to change the use to a residential institution (Class C2) on Tuesday (30 June).
The application was submitted on 5 June and received 50+ objections on the South Oxfordshire District Council planning portal.
The Henley Society commented “The Red Lion is a landmark building in Henley and the Henley Society objects strongly to any change of use likely to result in deterioration of its structure or of its appearance. The application conflicts with the recommendation in the emerging Local Plan that the amount of hotel accommodation in Henley should be increased.”
Henley Town Council recommended that the application should be refused “The Red Lion Hotel is a very important building in a prime location on the approach into Henley-on-Thames. This hotel makes a positive impact on the overall town and is a key community facility providing hotel accommodation within the town centre. This change of use would be contrary to Policy CF1 of SOLP which seeks to safeguard community facilities. Paragraph 85 of the NPPF states decisions should support the role that town centres play at the heart of local communities. It is important, especially at this time, that we protect these key facilities in order to help the success and vitality
of the town. The change of use of this hotel would not promote the long-term vitality and viability of the town or support the local community.”
The hotel is currently on the market for £7.5m with Knight Frank estate agents.