A town council has recommended approval for a development to turn a former public house into offices. Applicant Mr A Durose has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the “conversion of the former public house to office space - change of use of 'Sui Generis' to B1(a)” of the former Talbot Inn in Cheadle’s High Street.
A town council has recommended approval for a development to turn a former public house into offices.
Applicant Mr A Durose has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the “conversion of the former public house to office space – change of use of ‘Sui Generis’ to B1(a)” of the former Talbot Inn in Cheadle’s High Street.
Within a Heritage Statement which accompanies the planning application, it states: “The site falls within the Cheadle Conservation area and is located to the South-East of the main high street through Cheadle. It is accessed via the one-way road Watt Place, which directly feeds on to A521 (High Street).
“The site, like much of Cheadle, is sloped toward the Monkhouse. The building’s principal elevation is viewed when driving or walking along the A521 towards the historic market centre and forms one face of the key gateway into the town centre.
“It possesses a portion of the view down Watt Place from the A521 as the high street and Watt Place intersect along a small roundabout upon which the Bourne Fountain resides.
“It is enclosed at the rear by neighbouring buildings and has a car park adjoined to the South East.
The site can be accessed via the ground floor main entrances, from the rear down a gated alley and all are accessed from the pavements of Watt Place. The car park will have a single gated entrance along the pavement of Watt Place positioned at one of the existing entrances.”
The Heritage Statement continues: “No material change to the exterior of the building will occur. Therefore, the integrity of the local urban fabric is not comprised in anyway and the aesthetic of the historic public house is conserved.
“The proposed car park will feature a black cast iron railing fixed to the existing low- level wall to provide security to the parked vehicles while offering a respectful detail along the perimeter of the car park in keeping with local properties along the High Street.
“This will not be seen from the High Street due to the slope and curve of the Old Talbot down Watt Place, away from drivers and passers-by moving into Cheadle. Therefore, this development will present no visible change when passing through the key gateway identified within the Cheadle Conservation Area Appraisal.”
The heritage statement author added: “The existing property is currently empty and has been for some time. In its current state it is providing no tangible benefit to the residents or visitors of Cheadle.
“The proposed refurbishment and change of use would introduce a new opportunity for local business providing services to the residents of Cheadle and surrounding areas.
“The exterior of the public house will remain unaltered therefore preserving the local street façade and ensuring those local and foreign to the area can still gaze upon the history of the building.
“Once the building is reoccupied it will restore the warm and friendly character that the Façade of the Old Talbot Inn has offered visitors to Cheadle for centuries as they enter along the High Street.
“This welcoming statement will boost the attractiveness of a major gateway to Cheadle. Due to the reasons above, the scheme we present, permission should be granted.”
Members of Cheadle Town Council discussed the application at their online meeting on Monday (February 15).
Most councillors agreed that even though it was a sad loss for the town to lose another pub, it was good that the building, which has remained empty for some time, was set to be used again.
They then voted to recommend approval of the plans.
The final decision on the planning application for the former Talbot Inn is set to be decided by SMDC.
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