New homes planned on site of boarded-up pub

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The Player’s pub could be replaced with six homes

A PUB which closed three years ago could be knocked down and replaced with six new homes if planning permission is granted by New Forest District Council.

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Player’s, in Water Lane, Totton, has been boarded up since shutting its doors in 2017. But now the Wellington Pub Company, which owns the site, wants permission to redevelop it.

In documents submitted to NFDC the company stated it would build two two-bedroom and four three-bedroom properties.

The application said: “The proposal would make effective use of underutilised land and is an appropriate form of development on previously developed land within an urban area which would provide much-needed housing.

“Given the existence of alternative facilities within the same catchment area, the proposed redevelopment of the public house would not represent an unnecessary loss of a valued facility and would not reduce the community’s ability to meet its day-to-day needs.”

As recently as last year the Wellington Pub Company was reported to be still looking for someone to run the inn, which was built in the 1930s. Offers to turn it into a car hire site had been turned down.

Under the new development plans, the existing entryway serving the pub’s car park would be modified to provide access 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.

All the homes would have large rear private gardens with bin and cycle storage, the plans said. No provision for social housing is proposed.

So far the application has attracted no letters of support or objection. The consultation period ends on 3rd October and NFDC is expected to make its decision later the same month.

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