A DECISION to allow the demolition of an old building in Emsworth has been defended by a council.
Dozens of people wrote to Havant Borough Council urging it not to demolish the former Spencer’s restaurant in North Street, and rebuild in its place a two-storey restaurant.
The building dates back to 1805.
The decision to demolish was not made by elected councillors, but by the authority’s planning officers.
A statement from the council said: ‘The application was determined under delegated powers as no referral to committee was invoked – it was not the council’s own application and no ward councillor request for it to be determined by committee was received.
‘As such the council’s constitution allowed it to be determined under delegated powers (which is the most efficient way of dealing with planning applications).’
The statement said that the building was not listed. It added: ‘The replacement building was the subject of detailed design assessment which resulted in amendments to the original plans and which officers consider will result in a well-balanced and attractive replacement for the existing building.’