CONTROVERSIAL PLANS HAVE BEEN REFUSED
CONTROVERSIAL plans to extend the Raddle Inn at Hollington have been refused after a decision made last week.
The proposal included a small-scale retail outlet serving families in the area and visitors using tourist accommodation.
On top of the retail outlet, applicant and landlord of the pub, Peter Wilkinson also wanted to build three more holiday lodges at the Quarry Bank business, taking the total number to nine.
Although Checkley Parish Council offered its full support to the development, describing the application as ‘vital to sustain local tourism’ and claiming it would have a ‘positive impact on the area’ and more than 40 residents backing the plan featuring an extension to the existing pub of 5.5m x 4.5m, the proposal was refused on Friday, September 29 by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council planning applications committee.
The refusal comes after councillors agreed that the proposed lodges constitute an unsustainable form of development, given that the site is greenfield.
Hollington is a small village with a low population, very few services, facilities or tourist attractions and barely any public transport – the location of the proposed lodges would therefore encourage journeys by private car.
Consequently, the proposals would be contrary to several Development Plan policies and the Churnet Valley Masterplan.
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