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Historically-failed pub is up for new housing plan

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 22, 2014

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A PUB near Uttoxeter that has had a string of owners in the last 10 years could soon become the site of a new complex of houses.

The Blacksmiths Arms, in Birch Cross, has been opening and closing sporadically in recent years, with no recent owner managing to keep the pub turning a profit consistently.

Nearly five years ago, a car smashed into the side of the pub, demolishing an entire wall, and a caretaker looking after the establishment remarkably escaped injury.

And now landowner MJ Barrett is aiming to call time on the historic public house to provide houses for 24 people across eight separate dwellings.

Six new houses, three of which will be ‘barn conversion-style’ and three of which will be terraced together, will be constructed.

And the existing pub building will be split into two separate dwellings.

They will have two stories and car parking spacesand will have between two and four bedrooms each.

A spokesman for JVH Town Planning Consultants, which is managing MJ Barrett’s planning application, said new builds will compliment the conversion of the existing pub building.

He said: “The internal reconfiguration of the existing building will be essential in order for the two units to be independently inhabited.

“The external appearance of the existing building will not be substantially altered and the conversion has been designed to respect the character of the existing building.

“The scheme has been designed to take into account the character of the area and its location and the nature of the surroundings.”

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