Planning expert offers free support

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Pub is The Hub has teamed up with an historic buildings and planning consultant to provide some help, free of charge, about heritage or planning questions to community groups and licensees.

Dale Ingram MSc FRSA has specialist expertise in the conservation (alteration and repair) of historic pubs, both listed and unlisted. She is also a recognised expert in planning matters affecting pubs.

In the new deal offered to Pub is The Hub referrals Dale will provide an hour’s free phone consultation about any heritage or planning questions or problems.

After the first hour, if formal advice is needed, her fee would be priced individually and according to need. Dale does not act on instructions for change of use or demolition of pubs and her work is focused entirely on keeping and bringing pubs back into use.

Dale said: “I am concerned that many pub owners and communities are not getting the advice they need and are getting into trouble with the planning authorities as a consequence. In many cases, an hour’s chat can address most issues.

“As a long-time admirer of the work done by Pub is The Hub and its advisors, I am delighted to provide this advisory support to Pub is The Hub.”

John Longden, Chief Executive for Pub is The Hub added: “Dale has added her considerable expertise in planning to Poppleston Allen’s legal advice in licensing and the BII’s free membership support and mentoring for community groups – along with our amazing regional advisors who all donate their time voluntarily.”

Dale can be found on Twitter at @planning4pubs