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Listed pub could become homes

Listed pub could become homes Listed pub could become homes
Updated: 9:53 am, May 07, 2015

AN HISTORIC Astwood Bank pub could be turned into housing under new plans.

The Grade II listed White Lion pub, on Evesham Road, could be converted into four houses as part of proposals submitted by Vicarage Farm Estates to Redditch Borough Council.

Another building based on Foregate Street could also be turned into two semi-detached homes and a three-bedroom detached house which would be aimed at first-time buyers.

In the application, agent Gould Singleton, said the 19th century pub was underused and the plans would provide a sustainable solution to housing requirements.

But Paul Richards, chairman of Redditch and Bromsgrove’s Campaign for Real Ale, said he wanted as many residents as possible to object to the proposals.

“We would not want to see it shut, we would only want to see it continue as a pub. It is in a great spot and it just doesn’t make sense.” he said.

“We will definitely be having a look at the application and I’m sure local CAMRA members will be objecting to it it.

“It will be a real shame. We would love to see it go to someone who would want to keep running it as it should be for the community.”

A decision is set to be made on April 15.

Visit www.access.redditchbc.gov.uk/online-applications and search 2015/045/LBC for more information.

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