A Derbyshire pub named after a naval hero is to be demolished to make way for nearly a dozen new homes.
The Sir John Warren pub, in Heanor Road, Loscoe, near Heanor, is to be pulled down to allow 11 houses to be built on the site.
The site already had outline planning permission for nine properties – but in March a new application was submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council for full permission to demolish the pub and build 11 homes.
Now, the scheme can go ahead following approval from the local authority this week.
It is thought the Sir John Warren was built during the 1970s to replace the original watering hole of the same name, which had been demolished in 1969.
The pub has been empty and boarded up since 2009
The pub, which is currently vacant, took its name from local naval hero Sir John Borlase Warren, who was born in Stapleford in 1753 and went on to become a Royal Navy officer, politician and later a diplomat.
There is another pub called the Sir John Warren – in Ilkeston – operated by Greene King.
According to the plans, out of the 11 properties, eight will be one and two-bedroom “affordable” homes.
The pub, which has been empty since 2009, currently has a 40-space car park. The development will see this reduced to 18.
The development will be a mix of one and two-bedroom properties
The plans have been passed despite some residents lodging objections that the scheme would not have enough parking spaces.
In the original planning documents submitted by Paul Gaughan Building Consultants, on behalf of the applicant, it said: “Over the past five to 10 years the public house has become increasingly unprofitable, with a series of short-term tenants, who have failed to make its continued use profitable.
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“The property is now boarded up and has been that way for a number of years. A successful planning application will allow the applicant to redevelop the site with affordable market units for the local community and put the site back into good use.”
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In granting permission, borough council planners said: “The development complies with the provisions of the development plan for the locality and raises no unresolved issues in relation to the location of the site, privacy, amenity, character and design, landscape or heritage features and highway safety.
“The local planning authority has approached the decision making process in a positive way to foster the delivery of sustainable development and has worked proactively with the applicant/agent to secure a development to improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of the area.”
Source: Derby Telegraph