A Michelin-starred restaurant in County Durham has been hit by a backlash from locals who claim the restaurant\u2019s traffic makes them \u201cprisoners\u201d in their own homes in an objection letter to Darlington council.\r\n\r\nThe Raby Hunt restaurant, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in England\u2019s north east, plans to combine the restaurant with an adjoining cottage to add extra guest bedrooms to its inn, along with a new wine storage facility. Many of the villagers claim the expansion plans will \u201caggravate\u201d the problems caused by the restaurant\u2019s customers.\r\n\r\nIn the objection letter, locals claim \u201carrogant diners\u201d and delivery vans are blocking the streets for bus routes and the cars of residents. Lesley Fear, 40, who lives in the town said in the letter the lack of car parking spaces has led to villagers being forced to park miles away from their homes.\r\n\r\nChair of the village\u2019s Summerhouse Village Hall Committee, Barbara Braithwaite, claimed owners and staff at the restaurant treated locals \u201cwith contempt\u201d. Braithwaite said: \u201cUnfortunately, the business does not bring anything positive to the village. The owners and staff show no interest in the village and have no interaction with residents.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe notoriety and success of the restaurant means that there are a great many staff, trainees and interns as well as customers all needing to park their cars, which obviously puts a strain on our small village.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to Braithwaite, the restaurant had been offered the use of the village hall car park for \u00a350 per week however an agreement was not reached.\r\n\r\nA letter from the restaurant to the council, in protest at residents claims, reads: \u201cThe applicant and business owners are very aware and sympathetic to their surroundings and neighbours. They operate within the constraints of their licence.\r\n\r\n\u201cHowever, as expected with a business of this quality, the operational times are far greater than the customer opening times, and do include a number of hours of preparation time before service and clean-down time after service.\u201d\r\n\r\nRaby Hunt refused to comment when contacted by Catering Today.