On Monday the 13th October the change of use application for the Tipputs Inn to become a shop, bakery and educational facilities along with student accommodation by Ruskin Mill went to the Stroud District Council planning committee meeting at the council offices, Ebley.
Arguments were put forward from both sides with the Savetipputts group concentrating on the fact that a credible offer is now on the table from a party keen to continue to run a pub on the site. We also focussed on the fact that the pub had recently been granted Community Asset status as a "pub" so why would the council grant a change of use shortly after recognising the pubs status as a community asset.
After the various parties had spoken and a brief debate the councillors recorded a unanimous 9-0 vote against changing the use. This was an excellent result considering that the planning officer’s report had recommended approval for the Change of Use Application.
The meeting was well supported despite several people having to leave early as the meeting didn't finish until 11:30pm!. The Savetipputs group would like to thank everybody for their support. It would appear we have a realistic chance of getting our pub back!!