Action called for over Gosport pub eyesore

DILAPIDATED The former Wheatsheaf pub in Brockhurst Road, Gosport.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110117-1)
DILAPIDATED The former Wheatsheaf pub in Brockhurst Road, Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110117-1)
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PEOPLE are complaining about the state of a closed pub which has been empty for years.

The Wheatsheaf in Gosport closed in 2008 to make way for flats and houses.

In January 2009, Gosport Borough Council’s planning board gave permission for it to be turned into housing.

But part of the condition of granting the planning permission was that the development had to start within three years.

Lib Dem ward councillor for the area, Cllr Rob Hylands, said: ‘It really does need sorting out and if they (the owners) can’t do it they should pass it on to someone who can.

‘It has been a recurring theme among the comments I have been getting from people.

‘It is in such a prominent place and it is starting to look bad. It’s one of the first things you see as you’re coming into the town.

‘I understand the person who owns it is living abroad at the moment.

‘I’ve been trying to get hold of them to get them to sort it out because very little is happening.’

The Wheatsheaf, in Brockhurst Road, is included on the council’s list of buildings of local interest.

Councillors voted to approve the plans for flats and houses to be built on the site because it would retain the character of the 19th century buildings. There would also be a number of garages and space for parking.

Neighbours had sent in letters of objection to the council because they feared there would be problems with parking and traffic.

According to planning documents submitted to the council, the owner of the pub lives in China.

His agents were unavailable for comment.