A VILLAGE pub which has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour is set to be turned into housing for older people.
Plans to demolish the Red Lion Pub in Bradley Green near Feckenham and create 13 assisted living apartments were approved by Wychavon District Council’s planning committee last Thursday (December 4).
The one and two bedroom apartments would be restricted to those aged 60 or over and four of them would be affordable.
The Droitwich Road pub has been closed since 2010 and has become an eyesore after falling into a semi-derelict state as well as becoming a target for vandals. Although planning rules offer protection to community facilities, planners did not object to the loss of the pub as they said the fact it had three different operators in the 18 months before it closed, proved it was not viable as a business.
While objections were raised about the development increasing traffic through the village and a lack of parking, the proposal was supported by Stock and Bradley Parish Council as well as residents who wanted to see something done to improve the appearance of the site.
Committee member Audrey Steel, who also represents Inkberrow, said at the very least the proposal was an improvement on what was already on the site.
“It is derelict, unsightly and a totally useless building. The present building has been empty for four years during which time it has been vandalised and gutted of all internal infrastructure.” she said.
“I would like to point out that the facility, as such is proposed now, can be nothing but good for future residents of the area.”
Coun Tony Miller said it was sad to see a pub disappear in a country setting but added: “If it is not supported in the location and if it does not serve the community then the better facility that could be put to use is for the care of retired people.”
The council is seeking more than £12,000 from the developer which includes contributions towards open space, transport and the creation of a cycle link between Inkberrow and Bradley Green. Final approval will be given to the scheme once negotiations have been completed.