I am delighted to see that Simon Nutter has represented his planning application fo the Dragons Head. Let us hope that he has been able to satisfy the observation made opposite the original application and that this time he is successful.
APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990
APPLICANT: MR SIMON NUTTER – P.E.C. LIMITED
SITE: THE DRAGON’S HEAD HOTEL, MAIN STREET, WHITTINGTON, LA6 2NY
PROPOSAL: REMOVAL OF OUTBUILDINGS, CONVERSION OF BARN TO SINGLE DWELLING AND
ERECTION OF 3 NO. DWELLINGS
APPLICANT’S STATEMENT RE: THE PUBLIC HOUSE
My plans for the ‘dragon’ are obviously to turn an empty closed shell into a thriving asset to myself and the community.
Upstairs will be refurbished to provide high end bed and breakfast accommodation (we have ties with the Plough Hotel in Lupton who have shown a willingness to send overflow residents to us) whilst on the ground floor we intend to be open during the daytime providing light meals, snacks and drinks but also a small village store area for
basics such as newspapers, bread, milk, bacon, meat, eggs etc. which we would stock for our own use anyway.
I also propose to contact the post office who may wish to visit once a week, but we would stock stamps as a basic service to the area anyway.
During the evening we intend to phase in different ideas and see what does or doesn’t work; we have plans to operate a pizza night on a Friday evening, so that eat in or take away pizza is only available one night a week, thus making it a ‘special’ night in the village.
Acoustic folk nights, domino nights are all easily organised and bring people into the place.
None of this is tricky or clever it’s just straight forward, providing good food at the right price and making people welcome, which I have been doing for the last thirty years or so.
Years ago my family and I used to visit the Dragon and never used the rear beer garden at all and with its situation detached from the Pub my idea is to move the sitting out area to the front of the pub which will provide a sunny area for customers and also provide a subliminal invitation to anyone passing that (a) we are open and (b) look popular.
I foresee it as a pleasant place to eat during the sunny days of summer. We are also planning the ‘smoking area’ to be away from this area (I hate seeing smokers by a pub front door).
With regard to the access view to and from the proposed car park. I have spoken to my neighbour, Eric Pelter, and he has agreed that the small hedge on his corner to me can be reduced to whatever
Anyone wishing to view the complete set of Planning Documents can do so on the Planning Department section of the City Council Website Website at https://planning.lancaster.gov.uk/online-applications/. The application number is: 17/00352/FUL
The drawing below shows the proposed layout of the ground floor of the Public House, with the smoking area moved to the side of the premises, where the existing fire escape is situated. The internal stairs are being replaced with stairs having access from the rear of the building. The door at the side of the premises, not used for many years, will provide access with a disabled ramp.
The following drawing shows the proposed 1st Floor changes. Looks like an excellent B&B to me.
And the Artists Impression of the appearance of the front view of the premises.
Finally the layout of the Dragons Head in respect of the site and Main Street.