The Greater Wigston Historical Society

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WIGSTON CIVIC SOCIETY

STATEMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER 17/00192/FUL

FOR THE ERECTION OF A BRICK WALL AND DECKING AND RELOCATION OF A FOOTPATH IN FRONT OF THE HORSE AND TRUMPET PUB IN BULL HEAD STREET.


The Civic Society has submitted a strong objection to the proposals contained in this application.

Members of the public may recall that several months ago the pub started to erect a raised timber deck against the front elevation of the pub which had recently been redecorated. The pub had not applied for planning permission to carry out this work and it was stopped  by the council and removed.


Apart from the lack of planning permission, the deck was being erected over an ancient right of way (public footpath) which leaves the footpath adjacent to the road and cuts across the front of the pub hard against the wall of the pub, between the buildings to emerge onto Newton Lane. This formed a footpath round what was then the village green which covered the whole area around the nearby crossroads and is known as Little Hill, (although the estate of the same name is some way away).


The current proposal, by Everards, is to build a wall (in the shape of a large bay window) across the front of the pub for about 32 feet starting at the main entrance. On top of the wall will sit the decking and there will be fencing to prevent people using the decking from falling off it. The decking will protrude about 15.5 feet out from the front wall of the pub and the top of the railings will be about 5 feet 8 inches from ground level its highest point.


The ancient footpath will be diverted round the decking.


The Society’s objections can be summarised as follows:


1  The Horse and Trumpet is a prominent building on the main A5199 approach into Wigston from the South and the proposals would detract severely from the favourable impression currently given to those passing of foot or in a vehicle in either direction.


2  The size of the footprint and height of the decking will make it an intimidating structure especially for those using the resulting relocated footpath who will be looked down on from above by those on the decking drinking and smoking.


3  The relocation (or diversion) of the ancient right of way which is part of the old village of Wigston Magna is completely unreasonable when it makes way for only a platform for smokers and drinkers.

If the application is recommended for approval the Society will ask to speak against it at the Council’s Development Committee meeting.