Plans to convert former village pub into offices


Plans have been submitted to turn a vacant pub on the outskirts of Alderley Edge into offices.

Regent Level Limited are applying to change the use of the the former Stags Head Hotel on Mill Lane in Great Warford, which closed in 2014, to A2 (financial and professional services).

The public house was purchased by Ribble Valley Inns in 2014 with plans to develop additional hotel rooms in order to improve the overall viability of the business.

Ribble Valley Inns, which is part of the Northcote Group of Companies and includes the Michelin Star restaurant Northcote near Blackburn, was co-founded by Head Chef Nigel Haworth.

Their plans to alter the pub, convert and extend the adjacent barn to form a new restaurant, with approximately 90 covers and four hotel rooms, and erect an annex building to create an additional 10 hotel bedrooms, were not progressed following the granting of planning permission in November 2016 and the property has subsequently remained vacant.

It has now been acquired by Regent Level Limited who intend to turn the premises, which are located within the Green Belt, into offices for their 18 members of staff.

The works will comprise of internal alterations along with some minor exterior changes including window openings and entrances. Additionally a replacement single storey extension is to be constructed towards the rear of the building.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 19/3994M.

Planning Applications, The Stags Head


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Alan Leach
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 4:14 pm
What a great shame, ripping holes in our community & history....,Regent Level Ltd !?!?!
Roger Bagguley
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 5:56 pm
Not happy. Have been waiting for The Stag to open as an eatery. Now I fear another Colony - kennels to offices, to retail, to conference wedding venue - noise and light pollution within the green belt much to the despair of neighbours.
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 12:59 pm
Times change, and all over the country pubs are closing at an unprecedented rate. If it had been considered a potentially viable business as a pub / restaurant it would have probably re-opened as such.

At least this use as office premises means the fine old building will survive and not be demolished.
Eric Rowland
Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 8:17 pm
It's really not surprising that pub closures are accelerating. When I was a teenager, some seventy years ago, the price paid today on average for one pint (say £3.50) would have bought about seventy pints (five new pence a pint). I know wages were a lot less, but, even so, comparatively speaking, it was far, far cheaper to enjoy a night down at your local than it is today. That said, a brand-new semi-detached could be had for about £2,000. All relative, I suppose. At that time, by the way, I used to spend my week-ends exploring the Alderley Edge copper mines. A busman's holiday. I worked down the pit.