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Vow to fight Millhouses pub plans

Some of the residents who are fighting to stop the Robon Hood pub at Millhouses from turning its car park into a a jumberalla and outside drinking area.

Some of the residents who are fighting to stop the Robon Hood pub at Millhouses from turning its car park into a a jumberalla and outside drinking area.

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

Fed-up residents have vowed to fight a fresh bid to replace a pub car park with an outdoor seating area.

Plans to pave the area outside the Robin Hood Hotel on Millhouses Lane, Millhouses, and install a parasol - which residents fear will push drivers to park in already restricted space - were rejected by councillors after a lengthy debate.

They cited a condition attached to the pub in 2001 which meant it had to retain its parking, overruling the planning officer’s recommendation to approve.

Now company Mitchell and Butler, which is behind the pub operator Ember Inns, has submitted an application asking for that condition to be rescinded.

It argues that the regulation is not necessary or relevant.

But householders who put up a fight to the original proposals, and also had fears about the effect they would have on noise and views, are preparing for showdown number two.

Mike Hodson, chairman of Carter Knowle and Millhouses Community Group, said: “We are absolutely going to fight this.

“Nothing has changed since the planning meeting rejected the first proposals - the condition should be retained.

“There are local traders who depend on car parking struggling, there are only nine spaces on the main road and a number on the side roads. A lot are taken up by people commuting to work.

“Why should the Robin Hood get rid of their parking when every other pub in the area has to have some?”

Residents also say a planning report from 2001 said the pub needed 60 spaces, rather than the 12 provided.

A spokesman for Mitchell and Butler said: “We are keen to explore the opportunity to reinstate the outside seating area at the Robin Hood as part of our investment in the business.

“It’s a thriving local pub and we believe our guests would benefit from the outside space.

“We understand residents have concerns and have offered to discuss those directly with them.”

 

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