A PLANNING application to demolish the historic Raven Inn pub and replace with seven houses has been ruled invalid by Warrington Borough Council.
The reason for the snub was that Mr Bill Jamison was declared to be the sole owner of The Raven within the application documents – which has been determined not to be the case.
The news has encouraged the Help Save the Raven group, who have been campaigning to protect the building’s future.
Help Save the Raven spokesperson, Peter Sturman, said: “This is an encouraging development. The fact that Mr Jamison was declared to be the sole owner of the Raven, when Land Registry and our knowledge, indicated something quite different, formed the basis of one of our substantial objections against the application.
“It is a fundamental error.
“The applicant has been given the opportunity to address this error. We will need to see what the response is.
“It is quite possible the applicant will conform with the applicable legislation. Having said that, as things currently stand, the application has been ruled as invalid.
“We also now have more definitive information on the state of the planning application. We have been constantly checking on why this application has been dragging on.
“We now know, from the council’s correspondence that, in the event of the applicant managing to submit a valid application there will be a period of 8/13 weeks to determine the outcome.”
A campaign to save the pub has been ongoing for several years and it has previously been listed as a community asset, with campaigners offering to buy it off the current owners and run as a community interest company.
Hundreds of people have submitted objections to the planned demolition, with 98.1% of the local community backing plans to turn it into a community hub.
The pub, on Warrington Road in Glazebury, is more than 450 years old.