Marquee’s plans at the Junction Pub in Rainford were rejected !

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The VILLAGE pub had plans for a temporary marquee and five storage containers which were rejected by the council due to ‘damage’ to the greenbelt.

An application proposing the scheme was presented at The Junction, on News Lane, last July.

What are the plans?

It suggested locating the temporary marquee and storage containers on the grounds at the back of the site for a period of five years.

Tent and storage containers have been on the Junction Tavern site since the pandemic. They were put in place “as a result of the government introducing temporary permitted development rights” during the Covid pandemic to help keep the hospitality business afloat.

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The plans said the canopy is to be used with the existing public house.

The council rejected initial plans to locate the parachute in May last year.

What the pub said

In the statement supporting the planning in recent plans, he said the marquee not only represented an opportunity for a “diversified income stream” for the public house, ensuring its viability in the short term, but also for its use by a number of the local community. Collections, “enhance the community value” of marquee.

She added: “If planning permission is not granted, there is a realistic possibility that the business will fail, resulting in the loss of 12 full-time local jobs and 14 part-time jobs, along with the loss of an important local facility.

“It is recognized that the Submission of the Application, which includes this Supporting Statement and all documents set forth in the Appendix Section of this Statement, when considered as a whole, clearly demonstrates the very special circumstances justifying approval of the development that outweigh any risks and impacts to the Green Belt.

“There are no technical or political reasons that cannot be dealt with by an appropriately formulated planning case, and therefore there is a presumption in favor of sustainable development and planning permission should be granted.

Crucially, in evaluating any impact, great weight must be given to the very special circumstances, which are outlined in this submission, and it is recognized that it is these very special circumstances that are substantial considerations in outweighing any impact on the opening of the Greenbelt.

“The proposal is therefore a sustainable development and planning permission should be granted.”

What the council planning officers said

However, planning officer Daly Parsonage recommended that the application be denied.

In a report, he said: “Officers considered the original reasons for why the marquee was first set up, which was to ensure the business would continue to be viable and the current use of the marquee as a community resource.

“The applicant states that since the easing of lockdown measures, the tent has been in continued use for weddings and community group uses free of charge, however, it is my strong view that these uses can still be hosted in the pub function room, as they were before the pandemic.

There are also other community buildings in Rainford that can host these groups and community facilities.

“Sufficient evidence has been provided as to why these other facilities cannot be used and the marquee and associated greenbelt damage is the only option.”

He said that although “the applicant has referred to other applications in the area” that “each application is considered on its own merits,” adding: “what may amount to very special circumstances of one development may not be in another development and consideration.” Very special conditions are a qualitative process, not a quantitative one.”

The report added: “These reasons and considerations given by the applicant, therefore, do not constitute very special circumstances that outweigh the serious damage to the greenbelt caused by the proposal in addition to the damage caused by the visual amenities of the surrounding rural area of ​​the pavilion and enclosures.”

The plans were officially rejected.