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.
“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.”