A DEVELOPER has won permission to demolish a pub in Headington.

Seville Developments lodged an application with Oxford City Council in February, to demolish The Quarry Gate in Wharton Road.

And city council officers have now given permission, paving the way for work to begin.

Residents from Holley Crescent and Bickerton Road had objected to the proposals because they said the pub’s removal would harm the area’s character.

But planning officer Nadina Ranson said no attempts had been made to add it to a heritage asset register of protected buildings, recently consulted on by the city council.

In a report she wrote: “The loss of the building will have an impact on the character of the area, but it is not a building that is included on Oxford’s local heritage asset register and nor has it been nominated for inclusion.

“The objector’s comments regarding the loss of a building of interest is considered, but this demolition is permitted.”

The pub was first opened in 1937 but closed in 2013. It was later bought by Seville Developments for £600,000.

Documents submitted to the city council on the demolition did not say whether there were plans for future development at the site.

No one at JPPC Planning, the firm which represented Seville Developments’ application, was available to comment.