A town council has recommended approval for the site of a former pub to be developed into eight dwellings. An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for “outline permission with all matters reserved for the redevelopment of former public house and associated car parking to eight residential houses” at the former Miners Rest, 158 Froghall Road in Cheadle.
A town council has recommended approval for the site of a former pub to be developed into eight dwellings.
An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for “outline permission with all matters reserved for the redevelopment of former public house and associated car parking to eight residential houses” at the former Miners Rest, 158 Froghall Road in Cheadle.
The planning application has been submitted by Nigel Wibberley of Stockwell Property Investments Ltd.
In the Design and Access Statement, which accompanies the planning application, a representative for the applicant, said: “The proposed development is in an existing residential environment that has safe and convenient access and is accessible to local facilities.
“The site is approximately 75m long and 25m wide and is located on the northern side of Cheadle town centre at the junction of Froghall Road (the A521) and Hammersley Hayes Road. The site currently accommodates a derelict, two storey former public house with a footprint of 190 square metres. To the rear, there is a large car parking area. As far as can be established, the original building dates back to 1880 and has been used as a public house since 1961. The car park to the rear is accessed off Froghall Road.
“Froghall Road is the principal traffic route and provides access to Kingsley to the north and Upper Tean to the south. The site is situated in an established residential area and is close to local facilities such as schools and bus routes. It is therefore in a sustainable location.
“The proposal is to create eight 62 square meter, semi-detached two bedroom properties. It is intended that these will be purchased by a social landlord to offer affordable housing within the community.
“The site layout is based on a formal pattern which emphasises a street frontage along Froghall Road. This will create a visually interesting street scene and a distinct sense of place. The new dwellings have their own gardens to the rear and side and each has one designated parking space to the front.
“It is intended that the new houses are two storeys in height and will complement the dwellings in the immediate vicinity. They will make use of the same co-ordinated suite of external materials – predominantly facing brickwork and pitched roof tiles – to give cohesion to the overall design and to be in keeping with existing development in the area.
“The new houses are positioned off Froghall Road and off the private access road. There will be no loss of privacy to any of the neighbouring properties in the immediate vicinity as a result of overlooking.
“The proposed dwellings will benefit from communal landscaping. This will also include pathways to the perimeter of the houses and safe access to the vehicular parking areas. There will be level access throughout the site and the development will fully meet the requirements of Part M of the Building Regulations.”
They added: “The proposals for the houses will fully integrate with adjacent residential properties and enhance the neighbourhood by improving the site from its current state of dereliction. The commercial unit will provide local residents with a facility for obtaining everyday essentials without the need to travel to Cheadle town centre.
“The site has little significant landscape features except for a few trees to the south of the site and heavily overgrown shrubs to the boundaries. Within the development, it is proposed to create a landscape context that will enhance the appearance of the scheme and be appropriate to the building form. It is therefore proposed to create shrub borders to the frontage and to provide communal lawns to the side and rear.”
Cheadle Town Council discussed the application for the former Miners Rest pub at their virtual meeting on Monday (September 7).
After a short debate where councillors agreed that something needed to be done to the currently ‘eyesore site’, members voted and agreed to recommend approval of the development.
The final decision on the planning application is set to be made by the planning department at SMDC.
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