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Totton pub to be demolished as six new homes approved for site

Player's pub closed in 2017
Player's pub closed in 2017

SIX new homes can be built on the site of a former pub in Totton after the scheme was granted planning permission from NFDC.

The Player’s in Water Lane, which has been boarded up since it closed in 2017, will now be demolished to make way for the new properties, which will be sold on the open market. There is no provision for social housing.

As reported in the A&T, the Wellington Pub Company, which owns the site, applied to the council for permission to build two two-bedroom and four three-bedroom properties, each with a large rear garden.

The existing access would be modified to include electric entrance gates which open to a courtyard, with six parking spaces at the rear. Four of the plots would also have private driveways, with two parking spaces per unit.

The application was supported by Totton and Eling Town Council. The council also received a letter of support from a member of the public who said he hoped it would be approved as it had been “an eyesore for many years”.

A district council-compiled report to the chief planning officer, Claire Upton-Brown, who approved the application, said: “The vacant building with boarded-up windows and missing timber panels, allowing views into the site and exposing an outbuilding that appears to be in a state of disrepair, does not contribute positively to the character and appearance of the area.”

The report added that the closure of the pub had not been a loss to the community and the development would be a positive contribution to the town.

Document also show the district council will receive £62,000 from the developer by way of a Community Infrasture Levy (CIL) which helps local authorities to help deliver infrastructure to support new homes being built.

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