Plan for 22 new homes on site of former Plymouth pub
HOUSES and flats could be built on the site of a popular pub.
Steve Martin, of Select Developments Ltd, has applied to Plymouth City Council for planning permission to build 22 new houses and flats on the site of the Cornwall Gate pub in Normandy Way, St Budeaux.
The applicant plans to redevelop the site with 16 houses and six flats with associated access, parking and refuse storage, following the demolition of the pub.
The Cornwall Gate pub was a vicarage before becoming a public house but has been closed for two years whilst being on the open market.
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The proposal states: "It is our intention to develop the site with a mixture of affordable and market housing .
"The mix consists of flats, dwellings, lifetime home units and sustainable homes.
"The total number of units proposed is 22 - this would contribute some way to meeting the needs of local people on the housing register."
However the proposed development would result in the loss of a business.
"It is our intention to demonstrate that the business is no longer viable.
"We can take the national switch in the populations drinking habits transferring from the 'local pub' to indoor drinking with supermarket bought drink.
"This is a national development and has resulted in the closing down of those businesses.
"If we take this Public House in particular it has been on the market for over two years with no interest in being bought as a going concern.
"To further the sustainability of this site is to develop a previously developed brownfield site, develop the site in a sustainable manor and provide much needed housing."
The proposal has gained support from the police, Paul Shepherd, architectural liaison officer for Devon and Cornwall police, said: "The Devon and Cornwall Police are not opposed to the granting of planning permission for this application.
"I have been fully consulted at the pre application stage and support this application in its current design and layout."
Letters have been sent to 20 neighbours in the immediate area and comments should be received by December 25, 2012.
The decision of the development will be reached by February 18, 2013.