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Eyesore pub site is set for new homes scheme

A DERELICT pub site that has become a blot on the landscape is set to be transformed.

Havant Borough Council is set to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Cricketers’ Tavern site in Riders Lane, Leigh Park.

It comes after years of debate about the future of the historic site, which is currently surrounded by 7ft hoardings.

MCP (Poole) Ltd has applied to build 10 three-bedroom homes.

The site has been fenced off since 2009 when the pub was demolished.

The pub is affectionately remembered by many as it was once a popular spot for watching cricket on Stockheath Common.

A public house was situated there long before the estate was built.

Developers won planning permission to develop the site last autumn, but failed to make any progress on the building work.

The original scheme proposed a maximum of seven affordable homes, but developers have failed to attract the investment for private homes.

A new scheme proposes that all the homes are owned by a housing association.

The developer is in discussions with the preferred bidder, Radian Group.

There were initial concerns that a development of purely affordable homes would not help to create a mixed and diverse community in Leigh Park.

But local councillor Ralph Cousins said: ‘It was a pity to lose the old building, but the site is derelict and desperately needs cleaning up.

‘It’s the best option. The main thing is whatever is built is sympathetic with the area and the common. We don’t want anything too brash.’

The homes will help eat into Havant’s housing waiting list, which has around 5,000 families waiting for a home.

Cllr Cousins added: ‘We are in desperate need of new affordable homes.’

A council planning report states: ‘In view of the current economic climate, the overall affordable housing deficiency in the borough and the government’s intentions to enable developers to negotiate the affordable housing content of their schemes it is considered that as the scheme is for only 10 units and that the change requested potentially results in only a further three affordable units that it is acceptable.’

A final decision will made at a meeting at 5pm on Wednesday at The Plaza.

 

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