Cottingham PC to oppose Spread Eagle planning application – deadline for comments 11 January

More than 40 people attended a meeting of Cottingham Parish Council’s planning committee this evening (9 January) to voice their opposition to the planning application (reference 16/00512/COU) that has been submitted for ‘change of use’ to convert the Spread Eagle public house on High Street, Cottingham into a four bedroom residential dwelling, and demolish the outbuildings.

The Parish Council will be opposing 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.

More information about the application can be found on Corby Borough Council’s planning portal at

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”.

The deadline for submitting comments on the application is 5pm on Wednesday 11 January 2017.

You can submit comments online through the planning portal, by emailing or by writing to:

Ian Smith
Head of Planning & Environmental Services
Corby Borough Council
Deene House
New Post Office Square
Northamptonshire NN17 1GD

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,

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).