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Application to demolish pub and build 28 homes

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

By Jenny Moody


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A STRUGGLING Uttoxeter pub could be transformed into 28 homes if given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.

Trust Inns Ltd has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee to transform The Inn on the Park, in New Road, into 28 houses, which includes the demolition of the pub.

The outline application said that with the location being near the town centre, it is a sustainable development in an appropriate area which would meet the aims of national and local guidelines for housing policies.

The report states: “The business has suffered in previous years, along with many other pub/restaurant establishments, due to the economic downturn and consequent reduction in customer spending on luxury activities such as eating out.

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“This makes the business very vulnerable, especially as there is little sign of the economy picking up in the near future.

“The site is within the urban boundary of Uttoxeter and is not constrained by any existing or emerging local development plan policies. In fact, redevelopment for housing represents the best, most efficient use of this sustainably located previously developed site and is supported by local plan policies.” The site would also benefit from sustainable travel modes with access fixed to the existing unnamed adopted highway leading to the junction with the A522, New Road.

The access road and all main services will enter the site from New Road and the roadway serving the development is likely to turn into the site and split in different directions around the central green space focal point.

However, the application does state the loss of the business needs to be assessed as it is an employment generator and community facility. Although the business has suffered over the years with a high turnover of tenants due to the difficulties in making it profitable.

It also said its closure could result in a brown field site falling into decay and there are other pubs in the area providing alterative facilities and employment.

The site is located close to an existing residential development but will be self-contained with an independent access.

The application added: “The development will not lead to excessive housing beyond the current strategic requirements or place undue pressure on infrastructure (not least because of the reduction in traffic movements arising from this development compared to the existing use).

“In conclusion, adopted and emerging local plan and national policy supports the development in principle.

“There are detailed matters to be considered and although these are more appropriately dealt with following full assessment at reserved matters stage, this statement shows how in broad terms options are available to ensure a high quality development responding to the local area can be designed.”

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  • Why can't they keep the building, and sell off some of the land to build say 18 houses, or isn't that enough for greedy developers.

  • I have always lived near this building./ It is in beautiful settings. Is it not a listed building, if not why not. Could it not be proposed as a listed building

  • What a shame that one of the very few decent restaurants in Uttoxeter looks set to disappear. Uttoxeter has a real shortage of good places to eat as it is. The fayre offered by many of our local establishments is nothing special but The Parks is the exception and I do think they try hard to offer something special at a reasonable price. Presumably the owners of the property need to capitalise on the land which is a real shame but that's business. Sometimes you lose it even if you use it!

  • It would have been wise for you to have read comments on Trip Advisor before publishing your comments re The Parks--it's not a pub but a very good and successful restaurant.Some times it's necessary to book a table as it's so busy! I wouldn't have thought the restauranteurs want their premises demolished!Perhaps, from Uttoxeter's stance, you should campaign for the building to become listed and thereby impossible to demolish!!

  • The Parks is very popular, serves great food and is very busy - I don't know why it is claimed that it is struggling when I have to book well ahead to ensure that we can get in.

  • UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  December 08 2012, 11:35AM

    This is a very popular eating place, and the current tenants are doing a good job, and are very busy. Long may they remain.