PLANS to bring new amenities to a rural village have been thrown out, despite pleas that it would benefit members of the community and help tourism
Members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee refused permission for the construction of three lodges and three wigwams, along with a well-being centre at The Raddle Inn in Hollington.
The well-being centre would have provided three rooms for activities, such as yoga and aerobics, a gym and a shop.
The Raddle Inn currently employs 27 on a full time and part time basis from local villages. It was stated the proposals would secure these jobs and create four more.
Landlord Peter Wilkinson, said: "The main reason for refusal is The Raddle is not sustainable yet people travel to enjoy the view and surrounding area. The Raddle is an asset not only for the village but also for Staffordshire Moorlands in that it supports communities and drives and promotes tourism.
"It needs to expand and diversify to sustain the pub for future generations.
"This is a modest expansion of the business, but it will allow it to provide facilities, both for guests and local people.
"People living in rural locations pay the same council tax and should be entitled to the same services as people in towns.
"There would be a shop. Many older people find it difficult to get to the shops because there is only one bus a week. The district is also severely lacking in gym facilities."
District councillor for the area, David Trigger, said unless new facilities were found for employment the village would become dormitory.
He added: "There is no public transport and the nearest shop is a few miles away. The district council said it support tourism. This application does just that. If tourism facilities are not allowed to expand in small villages then the future is bleak.
"The core strategy said that Hollington has a lack of services. There is no public transport and the nearest shop is a few miles away.
"Officers have failed to recognise the jobs the premises provides for people.
"Hollington needs a success Raddle. This application will test if the district council does support tourism."
Keith Flunder, chairman of Checkley Parish Council said that parish councillors supported the application which would help the local economy.
He said: "There would be a slight increase in traffic, but there has been no issues from the county highways department.
"The gym facilities are urgently required in rural areas. The only place people can go is a private school a few miles away.
"As a parish council we are looking at securing employment. Also councillors would love to see a small shop in the village and we hope the planning committee will support it."