AN EYESORE former pub which has been empty for years has finally been pulled down.
The Wheatsheaf in Gosport closed in 2008 and has been untouched ever since.
As previously reported in The News, people were complaining about the state of the pub, which had planning permission to be turned into housing. But now parts of the building have finally been demolished.
Lib Dem ward councillor for the area, Cllr Rob Hylands, said: ‘It’s about time.
‘I’m thrilled to see something happening with it now.
‘I’ve spoken to a few people who live around there and everybody is quite happy to see something being done there.
‘It’s a bit of landmark but it was becoming a landmark for all the wrong reasons.’
In January 2009, Gosport Borough Council’s planning board granted permission for developers to turn the site into housing.
But part of the condition of granting the planning permission was that the work had to start within three years.
Cllr Hylands said work started on the site with around a week to spare.
‘They have taken off the side parts and left the main building as it is,’ he said.
‘I hope they stick to the plans as they were originally because I think they were quite good and sensitive to the area.’
The Wheatsheaf, in Brockhurst Road, is included on the council’s list of buildings of local interest.
According to the original planning documents, the owner of the land lives in China.
His agents were unavailable for comment.
Councillors voted to approve the plans for flats and houses to be built on the site because the proposals would retain the character of the 19th century buildings.
There would also be a number of garages and space for parking.