The committee heard how a new landlord at Red Dragon pub has recently taken over and re-energised the pub as a community hub with football, darts and pool teams, charity fundraising events, a basement gym for local people and even a morris dancing group using it for practice.
Cllr Ron Prince proposed refusal and was backed by Plaid councillor Marc Jones, who questioned whether the recent upsurge in the pub had been taken into consideration when considering viability. Both also questioned whether the site, on a busy road next door to a late-night takeaway and a popular convenience store with early deliveries, was the most suitable location for patients recovering from brain injuries.
Cllr Jones said closing the Red Dragon would leave an area of 12,000 people with no community pub and it was not good enough that the report considered town centre pubs as an adequate substitute.
Speaking after the 12-1 vote against planning permission, Cllr Jones said:
"The council has a policy to protect pubs where they are viable businesses as they are important community facilities. I hope the Red Dragon can continue to thrive as an important centre for the community and doesn't join the lengthening list of pubs in the area that have closed in recent months."