Popular Derbyshire pub plans a major renovation

Kim J. Clark

Planners in North Derbyshire have been asked to grant permission for major changes to be made to a popular pub. The owners of The Mossbrook Gastropub, on Sheffield Road in Eckington, are wanting to make some changes to the outside of the venue including adding a pergola (plant arch), a new freezer/coldroom and extending the yard.

In addition to those changes, new lighting and other external alterations will also be made according to the planning documents, seen by Derbyshire Live. The owners, Mitchells and Butlers, hope the changes will help keep people coming through the doors of the already well-known venue.

“The proposal will improve the current offer provided and represent a significant investment in the building.” according to the planning statement attached to the application. If permission is granted it will allow the business to extend the yard of the pub, meaning more tables for customers to sit at and enjoy their meals.

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Plans of the new layout would see capacity increase to 68 seats outside with a further 32 located underneath the new pergola. Currently, there is space in the yard for only 68 seats.

If planning permission is granted the yard will include several new places for customers to eat as well as a new pergola
If planning permission is granted the yard will include several new places for customers to eat as well as a new pergola

The owners have confirmed that the alterations proposed will not involve “any deviation from the existing use as a pub, rather they seek to improve the building’s operation as a vibrant pub through the upgrade of the exterior of the buildings and grounds.”

In addition to the extra seating added to the yard area, the proposal also calls for external lighting to be added. “The proposed lighting scheme would overall be in keeping with the surrounding Conservation Area. The lighting would complement the proposed pergola and existing external seating, as well as provide light to the car park to ensure safety for patrons of the public house.”

The pub currently sits within the Eckington and Renishaw Conservation Area, however, the plans state, on numerous occasions, that the development wouldn’t impact that area nor the nearby green belt.

Plans have now been submitted to North East Derbyshire District Council’s planning committee for consideration. A decision on whether they can go ahead or not isn’t expected until the end of June 2022.

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