Brewers must listen to local view and abandon scheme

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Mitchells & Butlers are lodging a new application to convert the car parking at the Robin Hood public house in MiIlhouses into an outdoor drinking area. This will be hotly contested by the local community as the last one was – just four weeks ago.

There were nearly 30 objections, most on the grounds it would increase pressure on very limited street-parking. Nearby residents also objected to potential noise and loss of privacy.

Mitchells & Butlers demonstrated their contempt for the community and lost. Following presentations from our group, councillors voted 7 to 3 to refuse the application, despite a planning report recommending approval.

Now Mitchells & Butlers further demonstrate their contempt with an almost identical proposal. It’s a disgrace.

All other pubs and restaurants locally have their own parking. Local businesses are struggling to survive and roadside parking is making life difficult for residents.

Last time Mitchells & Butlers conveniently forgot to mention the planning condition that stopped them getting rid of their car-parking – as well as claiming falsely the spaces were only used by commuters – a claim they dropped.

You might expect a company with a corporate responsibilty clause claiming: “We place high importance on building strong relationships with our guests, neighbours and communities” – would heed the opinions of those communities and rethink its drive to pack more customers into its pubs. Residents will again submit objections to the planning committee – and ask what has changed from their first proposal? We also hope customers will demonstrate their disgust with M&B and take their custom elsewhere.

Mike Hodson

Secretary Carter Knowle& Millhouses Community Group