EG marstons

The Fickle Mermaid pub in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire is set to be demolished to make way for a new Euro Garages (EG) site. Saturday February 25 will be the Marston’s Brewery’s pub’s last trading day.

According to EG’s application, Marston’s intended to close the pub so a reuse of brownfield land was sought.

EG’s original application dates back to March 2021 and, according to the Buxton Advertiser, High Peak Council refused the plans last year but EG was successful at appeal.

Plans were refused for several reasons including ‘an unacceptable increase in street parking’; the loss of a relatively new building (the pub); the loss of a community facility; a design that does not respect its location. All of these issues were addressed by EG’s agent Montagu Evans.

The site is west of the A6 and will have a petrol forecourt, convenience store and drive-thru coffee unit. EG anticipates it will deliver 45 new jobs.

In its application, EG states that as a ‘responsible developer’, it typically operates energy strategies that include a proportion of renewable energy through Solar PV and high efficiency air source heat pumps. It also utilises passive design solutions encouraging increased efficiency throughout the building envelope, minimising air leakage and heat loss. Its developments also reduce potable water consumption through high-quality, water-saving tech within WC and shower areas, where possible looking for ways to recycle/reuse water.

Environmental impact is further reduced on each of its sites with extensive landscaping promoting an increase in biodiversity and ecological habitats, with surface water drainage strategies that improve run-off rates and surface water pollution management.