Waterlooville pub developers defend conversion to nursery

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THE developers behind a bid to turn a pub into a children’s nursery say they have done all they can to sell the business as a going concern.

On Monday The News revealed how customers of The Crows Nest, in Hazleton Way, Waterlooville, were gearing up for their fourth battle to stop the pub closing.

But Acres Developments say it just isn’t making enough money.

A statement issued by the company said neither the current tenants nor customers have made an offer to buy the pub despite being invited to.

It added: ‘The property has been marketed as a going concern since February, 2010 and in that time there has been no genuine interest from any party in continuing to run it as a public house.

‘In addition, the applicant has written to a wide range of local businesses and community organisations to establish whether there is any demand for the site in any alternative community use. This has not resulted in any positive response.

‘It is noted that the need for another children’s nursery in the area has been questioned. We can confirm that the planning application for the change of use was made following a genuine enquiry from a prospective purchaser interested in opening a new nursery at the site.’

The application has been submitted to Havant Borough Council and a decision will be made on whether to permit the change of use next month.