The Planning Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, has allowed the planning appeal in favour of the Cooperative Group. Planning permission has now been granted for the demolition of the public house and the construction of a new retail unit.
The decision letter stated that the loss of the Red Lion, a non designated heritage asset, would not meaningfully diminish the significance of the Conservation Area. The Planning Inspector also thought that the proposed replacement building would have a positive effect that would enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.
You can read the full decision letter here.
You can read how the planning system works here.