AN independent pub has reapplied for planning permission to keep its beer garden after a planning mishap in 2020.

The White Rabbit, on Friar's Entry in Oxford city centre, has applied for planning permission for their pub beer garden furniture, fencing and umbrellas to its site which used to be a car park.

The pub has also asked for permission to create a ground floor door for access to the beer garden and change the hours of use to be 10am to 11pm all week.

Oxford Mail: White Rabbit beer garden in 2021.White Rabbit beer garden in 2021.

The General Manager of White Rabbit Ed Whinney said that they were confident the planning application would be sorted out, as they had previously submitted it in 2020 but there had been an issue. 

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He said: "There was a mistake made. In the end, the easiest way to sort it out was to reapply. Of course, we would have much rathered it had all gone without a hitch the first time around."

Oxford Mail: Ed Whinney at The White Rabbit. File photoEd Whinney at The White Rabbit. File photo

"We're looking forward to the summer, and it will be the first summer with our garden."

In the planning application developers said the garden had 'proved invaluable during the pandemic'.

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Oxford Mail: The White Rabbit pub.The White Rabbit pub.

They added: "Our client is proud of the pub garden as it is currently laid out and has spent a considerable amount of money converting the former dilapidated car park  into a welcoming and safe pub garden."

The planning Reference is 22/00672/VAR and the outcome deadline is May 26.

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