A VILLAGE pub which employs 27 people "may fail" if its plans to diversify are refused.
A planning application to construct three lodges, three wigwams along with a well being centre at The Raddle Inn public house in Hollington go before members of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning application committee for a decision tomorrow (Thursday, January 16).
However, the plans have been recommended for refusal by planning officer Jane Curley.
The application has been called before the committee by district councillor for the area, David Trigger, who makes a number of points which can be tested against the priorities of the district council, to promote sustainable communities, encourage tourism and to increase the prospect of employment.
In a report to the planing committee Mr Trigger said: "The Raddle Inn desperately needs to diversify and expand to ensure the long term future of this important rural community resource.
"The well being centre will provide three rooms for activities, such as yoga and aerobics, a gym and a shop.
"This will provide new rural facilities in an area where they are currently lacking.
"The Raddle Inn currently employs 27 on a full time and part time basis from local villages.
"The proposals will secure these jobs and create four more and it is considered great weight should be attributed to these 31 jobs.
"Without diversification The Raddle Inn pub may fail.
"Diversification into other areas has proved essential if the company is to safeguard both its own and employees future.
"The applicant is also intending to use a mini bus service to various attractions and transport hubs on requests from guests."
In her report to councillors, planning officer Jane Curley, said overall the development would result in an unsustainable development.
She said: "The site is not accessible by a range of transport modes; it is not close to services /other facilities; it is not closely related to existing tourist development and the holiday accommodation would not involve the development of brownfield land.
"There is no evidence of need or demand for the facilities to be provided within the well being centre or a gym and in any event the availability of these in this relatively isolated location would encourage car-borne trips.
"The rural economic activity generated would not override the need to resist a form of development which would be sustainable in other respects.
"The development would unacceptably impact on the character and appearance of the rural landscape."
The development however has won the approval of the parish council who have informed the planning committee that they support the application on the grounds of the employment it would bring to the area. There have also been six letters of support to and two letters of objections.