Former Robin Hood Hotel – Statement

29 September 2017

The decisions by Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Planning Committee to grant consent for the demolition of the former Robin Hood Hotel and to replace it with new retail units and a Travelodge Hotel (application references - 16/00914/FULM and 16/00915/LBC), have been called in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

This means that the final decision on the applications will be made by the Secretary of State and NOT the district council.

To consider all the relevant aspects of the proposed development, the Secretary of State   has decided to hold a Public Inquiry, the arrangements for which will be made by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. The Inspectorate will write to the district council in due course to set out a timetable for the Inquiry.

The district council’s Planning Committee had made its decisions in relation to the Robin Hood Hotel  at its meeting on the March 7, 2017.

Prior to this, the National Planning Casework Unit (NPCU) wrote to the council (on September 13, 2016) to request that no formal decision be issued until the Secretary of State had decided whether or not to ‘call in’ the applications.

The circumstances in which this might happen are very selective and will only be considered if the planning issues involved are deemed to be greater than that of local importance.

The NPCU was notified immediately of the district council’s decision, which was subsequently placed on hold pending a view from the Secretary of State. On September 28, 2017, the NPCU wrote to the district council to confirm that the Secretary of State had exercised his right to call in the applications under Section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

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