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Buddhist centre plans for derelict Southampton pub

The Plume of Feathers Pub
Image caption The Plume of Feathers Pub has been boarded up for several months

A Buddhist group is trying to turn a boarded up derelict Southampton pub into a meditation centre.

The Plume of Feathers Pub in the St Mary's area of the city has been boarded up for several months.

The Triratna Buddhist Order's Southampton group has submitted a planning application to develop the pub in St Mary Street.

Leader Dharma Modna declined to comment on the proposal until the planning application had been heard.

Local councillor Sarah Bogle said: "I think it's a really novel idea.

"I was surprised, to be honest, when I saw the planning application but also I thought why not?

"It's at the heart of the city, it is a multi-cultural area, it's very easy to access if anyone is coming into the city.

"I welcome this sort of development. It's an interesting use of a building - a complete change of use which I definitely support."

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