A Crewkerne restaurant owner has been granted planning permission to change the use of the ground floor at her premises from restaurant to wholly residential. Maureen Hamilton Fasan of the White Lion House Carvery in Hermitage Street has had the property up for sale with different commercial estate agents for nearly three years. Maureen has successfully run the restaurant for 34 years and is now looking towards retirement, although she has not yet fixed a date for closing. Maureen said: “We will not be closing imminently and will be open until at least the end of October.”

South Somerset District Council recently granted the planning application to change the ground floor back to residential with conditions that the applicant carries out any internal alterations in accordance with the plans and specifications approved. In making their decision SSDC state: ” The change will not adversely affect the conservation area, residential amenity or highway safety and due to its location, contributes to housing provision and growth in a primary market town.”

Crewkerne Town Councillors also recommended the planning application for approval. Councillor Robin Pailthorpe said: “It’s a crying shame to lose it after running for over 30 years but she wants to retire. I can’t see any grounds to object but it will be sad to lose it.” Until an official announcement is made by Maureen Fasan, expected towards the end of this year, the White Lion House Carvery is open for business as usual.

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