Pub campaigners look likely to win the day

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A plan to change the use of a vacant village pub to a home has been recommended for refusal.

The applicant wants to turn the Red Lion pub in Gedney Hill into living premises and extend to the rear.

The pub has been closed for more than two years since the couple who ran it moved away.

But villagers launched a Facebook campaign to save it when they spotted the planning application.

Petition forms have been displayed in the village shop and protestors have been door knocking for signatures.

The pub is a Grade II listed building, parts of which date back to the 17th century.

The parish council are split over the plan but South Holland District Council has received 70 objection letters and petitions with over 200 signatures.

Villagers say the pub is the only one of four left in the village and should be at the heart of the community.

In recommending that South Holland District planning councillors turn down the application at their meeting on Wednesday, a senior planning officer says the external works would have an unacceptably harmful impact on the building.