Plans to convert former village pub into offices


Plans have been submitted to turn a vacant pub on the outskirts of Alderley Edge into offices.

Regent Level Limited are applying to change the use of the the former Stags Head Hotel on Mill Lane in Great Warford, which closed in 2014, to A2 (financial and professional services).

The public house was purchased by Ribble Valley Inns in 2014 with plans to develop additional hotel rooms in order to improve the overall viability of the business.

Ribble Valley Inns, which is part of the Northcote Group of Companies and includes the Michelin Star restaurant Northcote near Blackburn, was co-founded by Head Chef Nigel Haworth.

Their plans to alter the pub, convert and extend the adjacent barn to form a new restaurant, with approximately 90 covers and four hotel rooms, and erect an annex building to create an additional 10 hotel bedrooms, were not progressed following the granting of planning permission in November 2016 and the property has subsequently remained vacant.

It has now been acquired by Regent Level Limited who intend to turn the premises, which are located within the Green Belt, into offices for their 18 members of staff.

The works will comprise of internal alterations along with some minor exterior changes including window openings and entrances. Additionally a replacement single storey extension is to be constructed towards the rear of the building.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 19/3994M.

Planning Applications, The Stags Head


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Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 12:49 pm
Sad for those of us who have known The Stag for many decades to see that will not re-open as a pub / restaurant. However, at least the fine old building will survive and not be demolished.
Hilary Pinnock
Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 4:57 pm
Sad indeed, t'was a great drinking hole back in the day.
Rick Andrews
Thursday 5th September 2019 at 1:40 pm
Good luck to a newly created company relocating to the countryside. As it is a letting company will it be other companies occupying as well.
Ludo McGurk
Monday 9th September 2019 at 7:03 pm
Sad to see The Stag go, it's had good times and thin times. Unfortunately in its latter years of operation it was often ensured to be an unwelcoming hostelry by many of its regular clients, thus limiting it's financial survival. I remember going there once with my family and the landlady, in embarrassment and despair, served us at our table because there was no chance of us getting to the bar. Another time I took my daughter there and we were almost questioned at the door by the guy leaning against it to keep it closed against visitors. Not nice. So it's gone now; I wonder where all those "big guys" all go to now? And I wonder what became of the succession of tenants who sank their means and their hopes into "making a go of it" at The Stag?