Redwing set to re-open in summer after plans OK'd.

PLANS to bring back a much-loved pub in Lympstone have been approved by the district head of planning, despite some opposition. The application concerning The Redwing Inn, in Church Road, was given the go-ahead to begin work to transform the closed inn into a gastro-pub.

PLANS to bring back a much-loved pub in Lympstone have been approved by the district head of planning, despite some opposition.The application concerning The Redwing Inn, in Church Road, was given the go-ahead to begin work to transform the closed inn into a gastro-pub.The new owners of the Redwing Inn, brothers Simon and James Robshaw, are planning to use the loft space to install a traditional English food restaurant as well as completely refurbish the interior.The 16th century pub closed last May and was bought by the brothers, who have lived in the village nearly all their lives, to prevent it being redeveloped into flats. The plans have been criticised by some people though - in the 22 letters sent to East Devon District Council by neighbours, they said the restaurant would lead to an increase in noise and smell.They also said some of the features were out of character such as the dormer windows.However, the renovation work did receive full support from the parish council as well as 13 letters of support from other neighbours, who said it would benefit the village.Mr Robshaw said: "We've grown up in this village and wanted to keep the pub intact."All the meat will be produced locally and we are hoping the vegetables will also be local."The work will include an extension in the back including new toilets, a baby changing room, and the kitchen will be expanded.Councillor Ben Ingham said: "There is huge support for the Redwing Inn to re-open. "In addition, there is huge support for the restaurant to expand."District planning officers attached conditions to the application including that the flue extraction system in the kitchen be up to standard and also placed noise restrictions on the pub.Refurbishment work will begin next week and the developers are hoping to open The Redwing Inn at the end of June, taking on staff nearer to the opening date.


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