Burton Mail

New homes plan revealed for pub

RETIRING LANDLADY WANTS TO SELL UP AFTER RUNNING IT FOR 30 YEARS

- By MATTHEW LODGE

A HISTORIC Derbyshire pub is set to be demolished after the retirement of its landlady.

The Jolly Colliers, in Rose Valley, Newhall, is set to be bulldozed after Margaret Guthrie, its owner, decided to call it a day.

Seven homes – six semi-detached and one detached – could be built on the site after it is demolished.

The owner has been given permission to build these homes by South Derbyshire District Council, while a previous applicatio­n for a detached three-bed home and a pair of two-bedroom semi-detached homes is still in place with permission attached.

In a report to the council, Chris Collins, of CC Design Consultanc­y, acting on behalf of Ms Guthrie, said she hoped to sell the land to a developer with permission attached, after years of trying to sell it on as a pub.

The report said: “Jolly Colliers has been operated and owned by Margaret Guthrie for 30 years now and

Margaret has been actively marketing to the property for the last five or six years ....

while in the past it has been a thriving business the trade for the pub industry has declined over the past 10 years or so.

“Margaret has operated the pub single-handedly but now in her late 60s has decided it is time to retire from the pub trade.

“To this end Margaret has been actively marketing the property for the last five or six years but with the decline in the use of public houses the reduced sales has impacted on people looking to buy public houses.”

Mrs Guthrie previously applied to turn the building into a home as part of a developmen­t of 14 apartments in 2016. However, South Derbyshire

District Council refused permission, saying the proposal would be “wholly out of character” with its surroundin­gs.

According to Whatpub? the Jolly Colliers is believed to be the oldest surviving pub in Newhall.

It claims parts of the building are thought to date back to the 16th century, but it may not have been a pub until the 18th century.

Chris Collins

 ??  ?? Parts of the Jolly Colliers are said to date back to the 16th century
Parts of the Jolly Colliers are said to date back to the 16th century

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