The old grain store of a historic pub could be converted to provide three flats for guest accommodation and extra seating in the pub.

A planning application to transform the old grain store at The Grapes pub on High Street in Abingdon to build three flats to act as letting flats for guest accommodation has received objections from archaeologists.

The application on the Vale of White Horse District Council planning website reveals plans to modify the exciting publicans flat to create a new upstairs seating area for the pub, build three flats and an extension for storage and WC facilities.

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However, Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society has objected to the plans and on the grounds that there is no assessment on the impact on the Grade II listed heritage asset.

County Archaeologist also raised concerns that the development could disturb heritage assists.

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The archaeologist said: “Previous building recording conducted on The Grapes has indicated that it likely dates from the 14th century, perhaps once forming a merchants town house, this latterly subject to alterations and additions in the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries respectively.

“Although proposed development is limited in scale, groundworks could involve the disturbance of heritage assets dating from the later prehistoric to postmedieval period.”

The consultation period for the plans end on April 29 and the council aims to make a decision by May 11.

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