Appeal over rejected plans to demolish Derbyshire village pub for housing

An application to demolish a village pub for housing has gone to appeal after being refused by planners on the grounds that it ‘adversely impacted upon the character of a conservation area’.

By Christina Massey
Friday, 29th April 2022, 1:21 pm
Updated Friday, 29th April 2022, 1:23 pm

The former Butcher’s Arms, in Marsh Lane, near Eckington, is still standing after North East Derbyshire District Council’s planning chiefs rejected the application to knock it down and build four three-bedroomed houses on the site.

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In doing so, the authority stated: “The application is considered unacceptable as the demolition of the existing building on the site, The Butcher’s Arms, a non-designated heritage asset that contributes positively to the character of the area generally and the Moss Valley Conservation Area in particular, and its replacement with a new building whose design is not considered compatible with the simple character of the area, would unacceptably and adversely impact on the character of the area and fail to either preserve or enhance the Moss Valley Conservation Area.”

Both the developer, Envy Developments Ltd, and the council will now submit their arguments for and against the plans to the Planning Inspectorate, which will ultimately decide whether to uphold or reject the appeal.

North East Derbyshire District Council deemed the Butcher's Arms, near Eckington, a 'non-designated heritage asset'.