People packed into a village hall to tell a planning inspector why they think the The Plough should re-open as a pub - and not be turned into housing.
Local people believe there's been a pub on this site since the seventeenth century. But the demise of the Plough isn't just the familiar story of a village pub that couldn't make a profit in the modern world. The pub was turned into an upmarket but expensive fine dining restaurant and it was that business that went bust.
The restaurant closed 15 months ago. So Shepreth now has a hairdressers but no pub.
Shepreth is a pretty and affluent village close to the busy A10. People here are adamant The Plough could be a successful traditional pub once again. They point to thriving hostelries like the Queen' s Head in nearby Newton.
The building is now owned by Cambridge-based MPM Properties which wants to turn it into residential accommodation.
Their planning application was rejected by the local council...today's appeal meeting will settle the matter. The Government planning inspector will give his decision at a later date