CAMPAIGNERS who feared the future of an historic Stratford pub was at threat from development plans are celebrating.
Punch Partnerships has withdrawn plans at The Old Tramway on Shipston Road to develop the car park and demolish an outbuilding and build eight homes.
It followed pressure from campaigners concerned the loss of car parking and the garden could in the long term result in the closure of the pub, which opened in 1887, although the plans did state the pub would remain in business.
A petition against developing the land was launched by Cohl Warren-Howles which gained nearly 2,000 signatures. Campaigners also appealed to Stratford District Council to reject the plans.
Cohl told The Observer: “It’s a unique place which holds many events and is the only pub in Stratford with a garden which is a safe haven for families.
“The landlord is happy as it means he can plan for the summer. He was really nervous about planning anything because of possible building work.
“It’s a great place to sit in the garden in the sun. It’s a real traditional pub. The removal of a garden would really impact the pub and the knock on effect could ultimately lead to more building.
“The applicant might well come back in future but we will just fight again. We’re just happy we’ve got the pub garden this summer and for hopefully many years to come.”
But Punch spokesman Andy Spencer said the company was now looking at options for the land behind the Shipston Road pub.
He added: “Regardless of any decisions made, The Old Tramway is a fantastic community pub and we remain committed to working in partnership with our publican to ensure it continues to operate at the heart of the community it serves.’’