Marquee plans at the Junction Pub in Rainford were turned down

A VILLAGE pub had plans for a makeshift marquee and five storage containers, which were rejected by the community because of the “damage” it was doing to the greenbelt.

An application proposing the program to The Junction on News Lane was submitted last July.

What were the plans?

It proposed that the marquee and storage containers be temporarily placed on the property behind the site for five years.

The marquee and storage containers have been on the Junction Pub grounds since the pandemic. They were put in place “as a result of the government’s introduction of the temporary allowable development rights” during the Covid pandemic to keep the hospitality industry alive.

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According to the plans, the marquee is to be used in conjunction with the existing inn.

Initial plans for the site of the marquee were rejected by the council in May last year.

What the pub said

The planning-supporting statement accompanying the latest plans said the marquee not only represents an opportunity for a “diversified income stream” for the inn to ensure its short-term viability, but is also intended to be used by a number of local community groups supporting the Strengthen the community value of the marquee.

It added: “If planning permission is not granted, there is a reasonable prospect that the venture will fail, which would result in the loss of 12 full-time and 14 part-time jobs on site, as well as the loss of a key local facility.

“It is submitted that the application, consisting of this Supporting Opinion and all documentation set out in the Annex to this Opinion, taken as a whole clearly demonstrates very special circumstances warranting approval of the development and which outweighs any risks and impacts associated with the Green Belt.”

“There are no technical or political issues that cannot be addressed by an appropriately worded planning requirement and therefore sustainable development is presumed and planning permission should be given.

“In the assessment of any impact, significant weight should be given to the very special circumstances set forth in this filing and it is submitted that those very special circumstances, which constitute material considerations, outweigh the impact on the openness of the green belt .

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

That’s what the council’s planning officials said

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

In a report, he said: “Officials have considered the original reasons for erecting the marquee in the first place, to ensure the business remains viable, and the current use of the marquee as a community resource.

“The applicant states that the marquee has continued to be used free of charge for weddings and community groups since lockdown measures were eased. However, I have a strong belief that these uses could continue to take place in the pub’s event space as they were before the pandemic.

“There are also other community buildings in Rainford that could house these community groups and facilities.

“Sufficient evidence has been presented as to why these other facilities could not be used and why the marquee, with the attendant damage to the green belt, is the only option.”

He said that although “the applicant has referred to other applications in the field” that “each application will be considered individually,” he added: “What one development may give rise to very special circumstances, another and consideration disregarded by very special circumstances is a qualitative rather than a quantitative process.”

The report added: “Therefore, these reasons and considerations of the applicant do not constitute very special circumstances that reflect the significant damage to the green belt that the proposal has, as well as the damage resulting from the marquee to the visual amenity of the surrounding rural area.” yields, outweigh and container.”

The plans were formally rejected. Marquee plans at the Junction Pub in Rainford were turned down

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