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Local pubs to be extended

Two local pubs have been granted planning permission to extend despite opposition from Green Belt campaigners.

The Woodman in Water End and the Cock o' the North at Bell Bar have been told they can go ahead with extensions but with revised plans following intervention from the North Mymms Green Belt Society.

The Woodman had applied to extend its restaurant, cellar, kitchen and toilet facilities and the Cock o' the North applied to extend its bar, kitchen and toilet facilities and add an external pergola.

The North Mymms Green Belt Society opposed the plans - details on the Society's Website - because the society did not believe such extensions of commercial property are permitted within the Green Belt.

They said the Woodman public house in Warrengate Road, was a Grade II listed building and they queried whether English Heritage had been consulted.

Following that opposition, revised plans were drawn up which were eventually approved because of the, 'sympathetic nature of the design and the fact that the extension was mainly to the rear of the existing

Regarding the Cock o' the North public house on the Great North road at Bell Bar, the Society also opposed the plan because felt that there was no provision for extra car parking which would be needed because of the expected increase in trade.

However the local authority approved both plans.

September 12, 1999

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