Restaurant expansion plans approved

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Plans to expand a restaurant in a High Peak village have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

The application for change of use to extend the existing licensed restaurant and cafe use at ground floor level to first floor at The Skillet in Hayfield, now known as The Roundhouse, was approved at a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Monday.

Refurbishment work has already taken place at the premises, councillors heard, with a new entrance to the cellar being created and a new outside seating area being installed.

Keith Hadfield, who lives next door to the premises, told the meeting he objected to the application, which would have a negative impact on his family because of the noise and odour pollution it would create.

But Paul Summers, one of the owners of The Roundhouse, said the restaurant was now the biggest employer in the village, and added: “Without the change of use for the first floor, the restaurant is not economically or commercially viable and refusal of the application will result in the loss of employment.”