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Don’t let old city pub become flats
12:50pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
PROPOSALS to turn a Worcester pub into apartments would be a loss to the community, campaigners claim.
Bill Ottaway, spokesman for the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said people had been in touch expressing concerns over the planning application from Maja Developments to change the use of the Northwick Arms on the corner of Vine Street and Northwick Road.
Plans to turn the former 19th century pub into four one-bed apartments and build a two-bed bungalow and two two-bedroom semis on land behind it have been submitted to Worcester City Council.
A letter included in the planning application from planning and development consultants Active Permissions claimed the pub had been in decline for the last 10 years.
It said that a contributing factor had been the loss of custom following the closure of Faithful Overalls opposite the pub in Northwick Road to be replaced by a housing development for the over-55s which featured its own community facilities.
But Mr Ottaway said the loss of any pub had an impact on the community and CAMRA would be supporting residents who did not want the application to go ahead.
He said: “It is always sad when there is the possibility of losing a pub – it is not something we welcome or like to see.
“We prefer pubs to be given as many chances as possible but in a lot of situations the land is worth more to developers than keeping it as a pub.
“Pubs are definitely important to the local community and it is sad to see quite a few pubs out in areas such as this one in similar situations.”
However, the letter argued that the Northwick Arms, which closed its doors in July, did not play a valuable function in the community as it had no meeting rooms for people or supported sporting teams.
People have until Tuesday, October 30 to respond to the proposals which can be viewed in the planning applications section at worcester.gov.uk