Parish council opposes hotel development plans

The Swan Inn is set for a revamp.

The Swan Inn is set for a revamp. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Plans to extend a village pub and add a 12-bed hotel to the site have been criticised by a parish council.

The Swan Inn, in Shipham, is owned by Butcombe Brewery – who submitted the conversion plans to Sedgemoor District Council in October.

The proposals include a revamp of disused garages and a single-storey extension to add 12 letting rooms, but Shipham Parish Council is not impressed.

A council statement said: “The development is detrimental to the local community where the pub will take on a more hotel-type feel rather than a local pub.

“The scale of the proposal shows an overdevelopment of the site and is out of character with the local area.”

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Concerns were also raised over noise, traffic and pollution.

Butcombe Brewery calmed fears the pub would be lost when plans were submitted.

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Its spokesman said: “We very much want to keep the pub as a pub serving Butcombe beer with great-quality pub food.”

The plans are open to public comments until Tuesday, after which planning officers from the district council will review the application.

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