North East Derbyshire District Council has refused planning permission for an application seeking to convert The Angel Hotel in Spinkhill.
AB Investments had applied for planning permission to convert the existing pub into two dwellings, but retain a proportion of the pub for a smaller bar area which would have been open to the public. The applicants also wanted to construct a further two dwellings to the rear of the property.
The council’s planning committee heard from several speakers both for and against the proposal.
Objectors stated that the proposals would not be feasible, the new bar area would not cater for families and more emphasis should be placed on the community value this building provides.
One person - speaking in favour of the application - argued that the pub was currently run down and an eyesore.
The planning committee unanimously voted to refuse the application due to the site being a valuable community asset listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and there was no adequate alternative available. It also argued that the proposal did not offer any affordable housing or a commuted sum for affordable housing in the area.
In June 2013, the council received notification from the Save the Angel Neighbourhood Group that they wished to list the site as an ACV.
In December 2013, the owners informed the council they wished to dispose of the building and as part of the Community Right to Bid legislation, community or interest groups were invited to bid for The Angel Hotel, in Spinkhill.
The council subsequently received a request from the Angel Spinkhill Community Interest Group to be treated as a potential bidder for the asset which means that until 18 June 2014 they or another community interest group will be eligible to buy the property.
During the six month period the owner can continue to negotiate and market the asset, after which, they are free to sell the asset to whomever they choose.