Last pub in village to make way for a convenience store

A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands village is set to lose its only remaining public house.

Permission has been granted for the Bulls Head, in High Street, Kingsley, to be converted into a convenience store.

The planning application submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council was supported by Kingsley Parish Council.

Concerns had been raised about the loss of a public facility and the limited car parking space.

District council planning officer Chris Johnston outlined in his report that a village store selling food and convenience items is also a community facility and arguably of better benefit than a pub, particularly as there is no shop in the village and the proposal would prevent car journeys to access other food stores.

With regard to residential amenity, the shop would not be open later than the former pub.

There was also less potential for noise nuisance and disturbance from customers of a shop than a pub.

However he added: "The more frequent vehicle movements and installed machinery needed to run a shop can still potentially harm the living conditions of the adjacent houses.

"The Environmental Health section also require signage of the car parking spaces to prevent cars randomly parking next to the two dwellings next to the car park leading to increased noise and disturbance".

However, Mr Johnston concluded the proposal was acceptable in principle and "would not harm the visual or residential amenities".


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