A DEVELOPER hoping to turn a Salisbury pub into housing has launched an appeal against the refusal of planning permission.

JJ Acquisitions Ltd applied for permission to build four houses on the site of the Butt of Ale pub in the Paul’s Dene estate but Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee turned down the application.

The company said the pub has had a series of landlords in recent years who have tried to make it work, but it is no longer viable.

But a representative from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and a number of residents said it hadn’t been proved that the pub was unviable and losing it would mean losing a community facility, so the committee voted to give the pub a last chance to fulfil its purpose.

A planning inspector will now make a decision based on written statements from both sides.