Residents living in the shadow of an “eyesore” pub have welcomed its demolition after plans were given the green light.
The Phoenix Pub in Gedling will now be replaced by a three-storey apartment block of 26 self-contained properties after being approved by Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee on March 31.
Eleven of the flats will have two-bedrooms and 15 one-bedroom properties at the Shelford Road site.
Planning documents said the pub is vacant and it is understood not to have been operating for approximately two years.
And the new building will be three-storeys in scale and a total of 21 parking spaces will be provided, along with a bin and cycle store.
Residents living near to the pub said they would have preferred the empty pub to become a new local watering hole to enjoy but welcomed its demolition.
Dave Geddon, 56, who lives nearby, said: “It’s been an eyesore for a while now. There has been some problems around it in the past with antisocial behaviour too.
“It would have been great to see it turned into another pub for the area to enjoy. Community pubs are few and far between now.
“But I’m not opposed to the plans, it will look nicer than it does currently.”
Mary Crich, 70, of Gedling added: “I hope the new development isn’t too overbearing on other homes in the area. Three storeys sounds quite high.
“I would’ve liked to have seen the pub converted into a new place with a restaurant. But we do need new homes and I hope they look nice.
“It’s not the nicest looking building.”
Two existing vehicular access points will be removed and replaced with one vehicular access point to Wollaton Avenue.
Dean Appleton, 59, who lives round the corner from the pub added: “It’s key that parking is being provided with it really. I definitely would have preferred it kept as a revamped pub but I understand the need for new development and it is quite a prime site in the area.”
But planning documents showed the result of a consultation undertaken in which 21 neighbour letters were received, all objecting to the application.
Objections included the building is out of character with the area given it scale and design, double yellow lines should be considered in the area and privacy of neighbouring properties will be compromised and overlooking will increase from the balconies.
Hockley Developments is the applicant behind the new scheme.
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