Please object to the proposed plan to convert the pub into a private residence
We are delighted to be able to tell you that Planning Permission for the White Horse has been refused on three very clear grounds:
The proposed part use of the premises as a micropub has been assessed by the Local Planning Authority (via consultants) to be an unviable and unsustainable business proposal. As such, the proposed micropub development is likely to fail resulting in the complete loss of a public house usage at the site and the consequent loss of a valued community facility contrary to the provisions of paragraph 93 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
By reason of the scale, design and proximity of the rear annex extension to the western boundary the proposed development is likely to result in an overbearing impact on and loss of amenity to occupiers of neighbouring property contrary to the provisions of Policy 57 of the North Hertfordshire District Council Saved Local Plan
The proposed extensions and alterations will occasion harm to the host listed building and the Kimpton Conservation Area , thereby, failing to satisfy the provisions of Sections 66(2) and 72(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, the aims of Section 16 of the NPPF and the aims of Policy HE1 : Designated Heritage Assets, of the emerging North Hertfordshire Local Plan 2011 - 2031 Proposed Submission (September 2016) Incorporating The Proposed Main Modifications (November 2018 and May 2021).
The building has now been put on the “Save Britain's Heritage” 'Buildings at Risk' register and a lengthy report has been compiled by our specialist planning advisor.
We have resumed contact with the Plunkett Foundation who are supporting us, and who will be able to offer grants to contribute to the financial cost needed to get the pub up and running once back in the hands of the community.
We also have the strong support of our MP Bim Afolami as well as that of our own Parish Council and other councillors from all parties within North Herts District Council, and our campaign to 'Save Our White Horse' has been covered by Hitchin Nub News; Welwyn and Hatfield Times; the Comet and the Herts Advertiser.
Some of you have very kindly contributed to our GoFundMe page for costs that we have incurred in our efforts to save our valuable village asset. The biggest cost we have had to cover is the appointment of the specialist planning advisor who is working on our behalf. Unfortunately, despite some very generous donations, the amount so far does not yet cover her fees which we feel are worth every penny, and we would be very grateful for further help towards this. If everyone contributed a small amount, we would be in a much better position, and be able to request further expertise to strengthen our case. If the planning application goes through, we have lost the White Horse for good. If we can get the plans rejected, and keep up the pressure, there is a good chance that we can finally get it back for the good of the community. If you are able to contribute, please go to:
Thank you all for your continuing support.
See below for links to press comments about the campaign!
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Planning Applications for the White Horse have finally been registered with NHDC. It is clear from the plans that the current owner is not seriously intending to keep the building as a pub. They can be viewed here:
The White Horse Public House, 22-24 High Street, Kimpton, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 8RJ
21/01018/FP - Change of Use and Conversion to Residential
We now have advice from our Planning Consultant regarding the planning law objections that can be used for residents’ comments via the NHDC portal. The deadline was Friday 7th May but you might still be able to comment by sending an email to Tom Rea Tom.Rea@north-herts.gov.uk Please submit your comments asap. The Parish Council meeting on Weds 28th April discussed the proposal and objected to it.
Here is the link to the planning application on the NHDC website. https://pa2.north-herts.gov.uk/online-applications/
It is important that everyone gives their own personal views but feel free to use information from the points below, which include planning policy objections. It is important not to cut and paste but to use your own words, for instance if everyone uses the phrase ‘Trojan Horse’ it will look like you have been given a script to regurgitate! We recommend you write your comments as a word document, copy and then paste into the portal to avoid time-out.
If you wish your comments to be confidential you can email them direct to the Case Officer at NHDC : Tom Rea Tom.Rea@north-herts.gov.uk
For further information or to pledge your support, please contact SOWH (Save Our White Horse) by email at
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We have set up a Go Fund Me Page to help out with our costs for fighting this application. If you are able to help in any way, no matter how small, please go to