Bid to convert pub near Corby into house rejected

Cottingham The Spread Eagle "Eating Out":'06/04/10
Cottingham The Spread Eagle "Eating Out":'06/04/10

Corby Council has refused an application to convert a village pub into a house.

The Spread Eagle in Cottingham’s High Street was the subject of plans for a four-bedroom house.

The pub, which is currently closed, has had a ‘chequered history’ according to a report by the applicants, having posted a loss of £30,000 prior to folding.

They said the loss of the pub would not be detrimental to the village, with the Royal George down the road and the Red Lion in nearby Middleton.

But planners disagreed with the idea and turned it down.

In a decision notice, they said: “The change of use proposed would conflict with the local planning authority’s objectives which seek to support and enhance community services and facilities, where appropriate by safeguarding them.

“The loss of facilities will not normally be permitted unless sufficient evidence has been provided to demonstrate that they are not economically viable and that all options for their continuance have been fully explored.”

Under the plans, a number of external outbuildings would have also been demolished.

More than 20 residents objected to the plans.

One said: “With pubs closing at an alarming rate do we need to add to this?

“There is a small certificated caravan site on the outskirts of Cottingham with visitors looking for local places to eat and drink.

“Cottingham also has many ramblers who would often have gone into the pub for refreshments.

“Corby promotes rural tourism and not allowing the conversion of the Spread Eagle to a house is supporting this.”

Another said: “The loss of this public house would be detrimental to the local community.

“The Spread Eagle is the last ‘drinking pub’ in the village, with the other village pub [The Royal George] now operating as a gastro pub with its focus being on food.

“For many years, the Spread Eagle has acted as a hub of the community.”