Campaigners against the alteration of The Bull Public House in Church Street, Blackmore have lost their plea to Brentwood Borough Council. The Planning Authority has permitted the demolition of various "out-buildings" including the cellar, rendering the Listed Building inoperable as a Public House in the future many claim. It remains to be seen whether the pub will reopen after a closure since 2010. Other establishments are available is the clear message. The Bull had been an inn for over 400 years.
However, the crazy plan to erect two dwellings and a car barn facing The Green, using a large proportion of the (beer) garden has been given the thumbs down. The application has been refused and is a victory to protect the heritage of the village conservation area. Blackmore residents will remain vigilant against further applications.