Spiced up Vine

The Vine&Spice pub-restaurant plans to build a wood and glass flat roof extension, described as a “high quality, sympathetic contemporary structure ” providing 32 seats for diners.

The Vine withdrew a previous application following objections but has submitted a new plan which it believes meets previous concerns. The revised plan is supported by the parish council but has to win approval from South Oxfordshire District Council.

In the application the Vine’s architects say the proposed structure is free-standing and will not detract from the existing historic building.

Their report adds: “When inside the extension the large glass screens next to the existing building will create a frame to view and appreciate the fabric of the listed Grade two architecture.”

To minimise impact of the development on the High Street the proposed three-metre high building has been contained and would not be visible from the roadside.

The existing restaurant has three areas which include the front bar for drinking and dining, a ground floor dining area and two dining areas on the first floor. It is proposed to close the first floor which, says the report, is isolated from the main dining area and bar. Access for customer s and staff is via narrow and substandard stairs. The first floor rooms would be available for hire as meeting rooms and private functions.

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