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Pub homes plan sparks objections

PUBLISHED: 22:44 03 June 2011

PLANS to demolish a village pub and replace it with four new homes have prompted fierce objections.

Developer Total Build (EA) has applied to Waveney District Council for permission to knock down the 19th century Red Lion pub at The Street in Blundeston and build four three-storey terraced homes in its place.

The Blundeston-based company’s application is due to be discussed on Tuesday by the council’s development control committee and, in a report to members, planning officers are recommending it for approval.

However, the plans prompted a number of objections from Blundeston Parish Council and neighbours.

The officers’ report says the parish council considers the plans “unimaginative” and “out of character” with the surroundings, and it believes “the proposal makes poor use of the great depth of the site.”

Neighbours have also raised concerns over potential parking problems and the loss of views.

The Red Lion, which is currently closed, is one of two pubs in Blundeston.

The other, The Plough, in Market Lane, remains a thriving village local, which also boasts a popular restaurant.

In their report to the Tuesday’s meeting, planning officers say the scale of the development is considered to be “acceptable” and that the privacy of neighbours will be “unaffected” by the proposal.

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