Plan for new boutique business has locals up in arms

Wood Stanway is a sleepy village in the Cotswolds, which local residents believe will be under threat if plans to turn a Grade II listed building into a boutique hotel are given the green light.

There is currently a proposal in place to convert Whitfield House, a former vicarage sitting in five acres of land, into a 10-bedroom boutique business.

The building is also in an official Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Cotswold Way national trail also passes the entrance to the property.

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The application for the hotel from Pickering Real Estates Ltd, states that it will bring economic benefit to the community and boost trade for other local businesses. But residents of the village and the surrounding area are against the plans and have already gathered for meetings to protest. They believe it will disrupt the peace and tranquillity of the village.

Speaking to South West Business, a representative from Stanway Parish Council echoed the feeling of the community: “The council feels that to introduce commercialism into this environment would destroy the tranquillity the village currently enjoys.

“Whilst the applicants have employed architects who have clearly produced a sensitive architectural scheme, the fact remains that you cannot architecturally design out a fundamentally flawed proposal.

“The proposed introduction of a change to commercial use, however limited on scale opens wide the gates for future expansion which will irrevocably destroy the hamlet’s character.”

Tewkesbury Borough Council will decide on the application this month.



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