Tim Bowles, the Conservative candidate for West of England Mayor, visited a redundant village pub in North East Somerset to speak to councillors about work to revitalise the inn and provide much-needed housing on brownfield land.
The Temple Inn in Temple Cloud had struggled financially for a number of years, leading to its closure on several different occasions.
The development of the site will see the pub retained and renovated, with several family homes built on adjacent brownfield land.
Tim discussed the project with Tim Warren, the leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council, and fellow Conservative BANES councillors Les Kew (High Littleton) and Paul May (Publow and Whitchurch).
They were joined by Tony Hooper, chairman of Temple Cloud and Cameley Parish Council, and local resident John Duddy.
Tim Bowles said: “This is a good example of sensible planning and forward thinking, making the best use of brownfield land to revitalise the village and boost the local economy.
“This new housing will help to fill a shortfall in the area, regenerating brownfield land and ensuring green fields are protected.
“If elected as Mayor I will always prioritise building in urban regeneration areas that can sustain and benefit from further development.
“I would only endorse building elsewhere if it was brownfield land and the community as a whole benefitted.
“I would never allow rural areas to become a dumping ground for new development.
“It is vitally important that we protect the village way of life which is so treasured across the West of England.”
Tim Bowles (centre) is pictured next to the Temple Inn development with Tony Hooper (chairman of Temple Cloud and Cameley Parish Council) (left) and local resident John Duddy.
Also pictured are (from left) Les Kew (BANES councillor for High Littleton), Tony Hooper (chairman of Temple Cloud and Cameley Parish Council), Paul May (BANES councillor for Publow and Whitchurch), Tim Bowles (Conservative candidate for West of England Mayor), John Duddy (local resident) and Tim Warren (BANES council leader).