The planning application (reference 16/00512/COU) to convert the Spread Eagle public house on High Street, Cottingham into a four bedroom house has been refused by Corby Borough Council.
The Council has said that the change of use would conflict with the Local Planning Authority’s objectives which seek to support and enhance community services and facilities, where appropriate by safeguarding them. They also said there was insufficient evidence that the pub was not economically viable or that all options for its continuance had been fully explored.
The planning application was submitted by Mr William Masson and Mr Thomas Southall. More information can be found on Corby Borough Council’s planning portal at https://publicaccess.corby.gov.uk/publicaccess
In particular, you may be interested to read the Design and Access / Impact & Justification Statement, which discusses the viability of the Spread Eagle as a public house and why the applicants “would not consider the ‘loss’ of the Spread Eagle as being detrimental to the local community”.
Public and Parish Council reaction
At a meeting of Cottingham Parish Council’s planning committee held on 9 January and attended by more than 40 local people, the Parish Council has opposed the application on the basis that the Spread Eagle does have community value and that it could be viable as a business under the right management.
The Borough Council has received 24 objections to the planning application and 1 letter of support.
Application for ACV listing rejected
Cottingham Parish Council’s application to have the Spread Eagle Public House listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been rejected by Corby Borough Council’s Community Right to Bid Panel.
The main reason cited by the Panel for rejection of the application is that there was not enough frequent community activity in the building to demonstrate that this facility was essential for the social wellbeing and social benefit to the local community.
“The Panel agreed that there was not enough evidence to demonstrate the building is being used extensively by the local community. No substantive evidence could be found that showed the closure of the Spread Eagle Public House has lead to a significant local community detriment. There are two other alternative public houses and other community facilities locally that could accommodate the small number of community groups that have used this building previously.”
A little history
The current Spread Eagle pub was built in the 1960s, replacing the original Spread Eagle, a thatched cottage, that had operated as a pub on that site since at least the mid 1800s. For more information on the history of the pub, see the Cottingham History website, cottinghamhistory.co.uk/pubs-Spread.htm
In the late 1800s, there were five pubs in Cottingham (The Spread Eagle, The Royal George, The Crown on the corner of Rockingham Road and School Lane, The King’s Head on Church Street and The Three Horseshoes on High Street) and three pubs in Middleton (The Red Lion, The Woolpack and The Exeter Arms).