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Plans Approved To Safeguard Historic Nottinghamshire Pub’s Future

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A grade II-listed pub in Nottinghamshire’s most expensive village will return to its Victorian roots after planning permission was granted to create guest accommodation, following support and advice from heritage experts at Marrons.

The Martin’s Arms, in School Lane, Colston Bassett, was taken over by former patron Geoff Hunter in early 2023, who, after being granted planning and listed building consent by Rushcliffe Borough Council, will protect the pub’s future by creating four lettable en-suite bedrooms on its first floor and a manager’s office, which can also be used as a one-bedroomed apartment, on the second floor.

Dating back to the early 18th century, the historic pub was initially a farmhouse before becoming an alehouse. As was typical during the Victorian era, the venue played a significant role in the administration of local justice through its function as a location for coroner’s inquests. Records also show it operated as an inn in the 19th century, providing accommodation to travellers.

Mr Hunter, who had been a regular at the pub for more than 45 years before taking over, said: “We are over the moon that planning permission has been granted, enabling us to embark on an exciting chapter in the history of Martin’s Arms. The upper floor rooms were most recently used as residential accommodation for the previous owners. However, such extensive accommodation is no longer required, which presented us with the opportunity to provide lettable guest rooms.

“Since taking over this vitally important community asset, we have strived to keep its unique and tranquil atmosphere intact. Through our expansion plans, we aim not only to generate additional income for the building’s upkeep to preserve its charm, but also attract new visitors to Colston Bassett – giving them a feeling of the past and a sense of timelessness in our rapidly changing world.”

The Vale of Belvoir village is located within the Colston Bassett Conservation Area. To allow the first-floor rooms to accommodate paying guests, a number of minor alterations will be made to achieve compliance with fire safety regulations and create a protected escape route leading to the back door of the building.

Tom Street, principal heritage planner at Marrons, said: “We’re delighted that planning and listed building consent have been granted for the enhancement of the facilities offered by this long-established pub.
“The Martin’s Arms stands not only as a grade II-listed pub but as a living testament to the rich tapestry of Colston Bassett’s history. With its roots in the 18th century agricultural economy, it has evolved into a cherished community hub and the sole remaining public house in a village that once boasted four.

“As we face the alarming closure of two pubs every day across England and Wales, the diversification of this popular facility is not just a nod to history but a crucial step in safeguarding its future. The addition of some beautiful new bedrooms will secure a valuable additional income stream for the pub, attract visitors to the village, and enhance job opportunities for residents.”
The design plans were developed by architecture, interiors and property development company REFORM. Alison Dudley, of Zenith Planning and Design, acted as planning agent for the applications.

Published: 7th December 2023
Area: Planning

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