Pub could be demolished for pub-style house

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By Christian Barnett - Local Democracy Reporter

Controversial plans to demolish a former village pub for new affordable homes have been redrawn following objections from locals.

Platform Housing Group has resubmitted proposals to demolish the Coventry Arms in Stratford Road in Upton Snodsbury and build 11 affordable homes rather than the 14 originally put forward.

Whilst the former watering hole would be demolished to make way for the homes, the replacement building will replicate the style of the original pub.

A statement included with the application said: “The proposal involves the demolition of the former Coventry Arms pub and erection of a replacement dwelling which would match the style and character of the pub.

“The proposed development would also incorporate amenity space and additional planting, providing well-designed affordable dwellings in a spacious and attractive environment.”

The plans proved controversial when they were put forward at the end of last year.

One disgruntled villager said Upton Snodsbury was “not an area for affordable housing” and the new homes would only bring trouble.

Several other objections had been raised by residents in the village near Worcester.

Nathan Strefford of Worcester Road said it was “proven fact” that building affordable homes would bring trouble to the village.

Mr Strefford’s objection said: “The village of Upton Snodsbury is not an area for affordable housing, it is a quiet little village that requires some dwellings, it is a proven fact that affordable housing brings trouble, and the residents of the village do not want this.

Another objector Andy Taylor said: “This is an old building that contributes to the unique character of the village. To demolish it would be an aggressive and excessive approach to development plans. The site can be redeveloped around this attractive building without the need to destroy it.

“Historically it was a public house and though not now used as such has in the past been a pivotal focus for the village. It has still great potential as a residential property and should not be destroyed to serve a short term and short-sighted development plan.”

Public consultation has been extended until August 27.

Comments can be made via the planning section of Wychavon District Council’s website. The application number is 19/02621/FUL.