PLANS which could see a popular Uttoxeter pub knocked down and transformed into 28 houses are set to go before planning chiefs.
Trust Inns Ltd has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee to build the houses on land currently occupied by The Parks, in New Road.
The outline application states the site would consist of detached and semi-detached houses with garages which would be a mixture of two and three storey.
The applicant has proposed that access to the site would be via Parks Farm to the north which joins the A522 embankment to the east of the site. The primary access road would have a width of approximately 5.5 metres, with a footpath approximately 1.5 metres wide to either side.
The application states: “The application site consists of approximately two hectares of land comprising of a public house/restaurant within landscaped grounds.
“The agriculture land to the west forms part of a larger site on the western edge of Uttoxeter, which is a proposed allocation in the emerging local plan and is subject to a current outline planning application for up to 700 dwellings and employment provision.”
The plans have already received objections from The Highways Authority, Uttoxeter Town Council and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
The town council said: “The council objects to the planning application due to the negative impact on highway safety, loss of a building of important architectural interest and that the majority of the development would take place on parkland and not on previously developed land as suggested in the Design Statement’s land status of brownfield site.”
The Highways Agency said the proposal would exacerbate the risk of ‘conflict’ between pedestrians and vehicles as there is no footpath on the access road to the A522 and the wildlife trust added it would result in the loss of ‘species rich grassland and mature tress’.
However, despite the objections the council officer has recommended permitting the plans subject to conditions. The planning committee is set to decide the future of the site at Burton Town Hall at 2pm on Monday.