Anger over U-turn to flatten pub

NMAC11-3348-1''Clipstone Squinting Cat
NMAC11-3348-1''Clipstone Squinting Cat

COUNCILLORS have blasted planning chiefs for overturning a decision which will allow an empty pub to be bulldozed.

Planners had initially refused to allow the Squinting Cat on Clipstone’s Mansfield Road to be demolished to make way for a van-trading business.

But after the applicant appealed, the planning inspectorate overruled the decision.

Speaking at the recent Clipstone Parish Council meeting, Coun Dave Thompson said: “I’m disgusted with it.

“The planning committee rejected it 14-1, so I do not think what they [the planning inspectorate] think of this village to allow this.”

The was echoed by fellow councillor Sheila Soar and ward councillor John Peck, who says it gives the wrong impression for people coming into Clipstone, and the demolition of a pub was a loss.

Their views were shared by Newark and Sherwood planning committee, who had refused it because it was the only pub in Clipstone, despite being closed for months.

But the applicant, Jack Kang, said the pub had not been viable and that led to its closure.

He also said that whilst it was open it was the scene of numerous anti-social incidents.

He added: “It will make the area look better.

“It will look 10 times better than it did on the original plans, we will have nice railings and greenery.”