Villagers have won their fight to save a pub on the edge of Dartmoor from being turned into a Co-op. The Leaping Salmon at Horrabridge near Plymouth closed at the end of 2015 but the Co-operative Group had submitted a planning application to turn it into a convenience store after securing a lease for the building.
However, the plans have been refused by Dartmoor National Park Authority which is understood to have thought there were too many issues with the Co-op application to take the plans before elected members and turned the plans down using delegated powers.
Many villagers opposed the plans and a "Stop the Co-Op" group was set up.
Joanna Burgess, planning officer examining the plans, pointed to refusal on grounds relating to highway safety, impact on the conservation area and on the impact of noise and other issues.