The owners of the Queen’s Stage public house have decided to temporarily close the pub, and posted a statement on their website.
In response to the statement by the Queen’s Stage, Effingham Parish Council (EPC) have raised concerns about the posted letter and have asked for it to be removed. For details see here.
Background information regarding the history of the site, when the site was designated an Asset of Community Value, and when planning applications were submitted and approved is provided below.
In April 2018, Effingham’s Neighbourhood Plan was formally adopted by Guildford Borough Council (GBC). The Neighbourhood Plan noted that the Sir Douglas Haig Public House (as the Queen’s Stage was then known) was included in Guildford’s list of Listed Buildings. Policy ENP-C1 included the Sir Douglas Haig Public House as a site of community importance, as a public house and 7 rooms available for overnight stays.
In January 2019, GBC (as the Local Authority), designated “The Sir Douglas Haig Pub (excluding the living accommodation upon which Council Tax is paid) This property is now known as The Queen Stage Public House” as an Asset of Community Value, see List of Assets of Community Value. Such designations are meant to last for at least 5 years. The owners have a right of appeal at the time of designation.
In 22 July 2020 planning application 20/P/01128 was submitted for the Refurbishment and extension to existing public house (A4) and conversion of 7no. room hotel (C1) to 2no. short let apartments (C1) and 1no. 1 bed residential apartment (C3) in addition to the erection of 4no. 2 bed and 2no. 3 bed dwellings to the side and rear. Demolition of existing coach house. The planning application was approved 18 February 2022.