Villagers back £250,000 pub development opposed by planners

HOLLINGTON residents are backing plans for £250,000 pub development that would bring additional facilities to their village.

More than 40 letters of support have been received by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for a scheme to build a shop and holiday cottages on the site of the Raddle Inn.

Additional backing has come from Checkley Parish Council who believe the project could help drive tourism in the area.

The village inn stands not far from the multi-million pound championship golf course being developed by JCB.

Since Peter Wilkinson took over the Raddle Inn in 1991 he has opened two tourist chalets and two holiday cottages.

Mr Wilkinson now wants to add three holiday lodges and make improvements to the pub. These would include a disabled toilet, baby changing facilities and the addition of a shop to provide essential items like local produce.

However, the scheme has been recommended for refusal by planning officers when it goes before district councillors for scrutiny at tomorrow’s (Sept 28) planning committee meeting.

The planning officers’ report states: “The proposed lodges constitute an unsustainable development, given that the site is greenfield, Hollington is a ‘smaller 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.”