Seaton Legion is an important community asset, used by many villagers. Formerly a grocery shop, a fish and chip shop and a branch of the Midland Bank, the Royal British Legion has operated from the site since 1954. In 2018, it became The Grayson.
Planning permission was granted in 2018 for the partial demolition of the building to give access to land at the rear which has outline permission for residential development. It is proposed that a new site access would be constructed and the remainder of the building will be retained in its existing use along with a relocated car park.
The Royal British Legion have notified Allerdale Borough Council of their intention to demolish the building, using permitted development powers. The law was changed in 2017 to remove permitted development powers from drinking establishments. The planning agent for the RBL is going to great lengths in an attempt to prove that Seaton Legion isn't a drinking establishment as set out in planning legislation.
Although the rate of pub closures has slowed in recent years it remains at a worryingly high level, with traditional community pubs being particularly vulnerable. A combination of factors, such as falling footfall and soaring property prices is leading to many owners shutting down their pubs and converting the buildings to another use. The good news is that many successful campaigns have been fought to stave off closures. There are numerous thriving pubs up and down the country which would otherwise have been converted to private houses or heaps of rubble without the efforts of local campaigners like you.
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