Public house’s yurts plans up for approval

The Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves.
The Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves.

An application to site four yurts in the grounds of a Ribble Valley Grade II Listed pub is being discussed by planners this week.

Members of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee will discuss plans to site four yurts and associated structures in the grounds of The Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves.

Great Mitton and Bashall Eaves Parish Council has supported the plans with its representative saying: “It will bring added tourism and revenue to the area and can only be of benefit to The Red Pump.”

The plans are a resubmission of a previous application which was refused in April 2016. Despite this refusal the applicant erected the yurts only removing all of them in January this year after the council’s enforcement team got involved.

The application is almost an identical resubmission of the previous plans that were refused, but the current plans include a detailed landscape and visual impact assessment as well as a business plan to support the proposed development.

These details demonstrate that the yurts provide valuable revenue for The Red Pump Inn as well as contributing to the wider rural economy.

A planning officer said: “It is therefore considered that the benefits of the proposal outweigh the limited visual harm, and subsequently the application is recommended for approval, subject to conditions.”

Each yurt will have a canvas finish in dark green and have an en-suite shower plus a toilet within the attached timber facilities shed.

Guests will be able to make use of the facilities within the hotel and public house.