17:19 Friday 15 February 2013

Bucking the trend with extension plan for pub

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A SWADLINCOTE pub is bucking the current economic trend by submitting applications in a bid to extend its bar area and create six jobs.

The Springfield, in North Street, is hoping to extend its bar area into its neighbouring home and reorganise the upper floors to create two new flats to join an existing flat, revealed in plans submitted to South Derbyshire District Council.

The applicants, Swan Enterprises (Derbyshire) Ltd, believes that taking over the adjoining house and creating an extra two flats above will help the survival of the pub – and so bucking the trend of other boozers.

The proposed development not only involves the extension of the ground floor of the pub into the ground floor of the attached house – number 23, but also the creation of a private pedestrian passageway between numbers 23 and 21, and of an external staircase to the first floor level to serve as an entrance to three small flats above the pub.

It would increase the existing floor space from 78 sq m, goes to 107 sq m, and would lead to two full time positions and four part time jobs, alongside its on existing full time employee.

In a planning report, the applicant said: “The proposed development is intended to facilitate the survival of a small local pub by rationalising the residential accommodation within the building, providing a net gain of one additional flat.

“The continued survival of this pub is counter to usual current trends involving the loss of many local community facilities. The proposed development can therefore be seen to be a desirable route to achieve the retention of a small scale local amenity.”

The report added: “The demand for small residential units in the current economic climate is high, therefore the creation of these small flats will be a valuable addition to the housing stock of the area.”

The car park will remain and a decision is due by April 10.

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