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A DERELICT pub is to be demolished and replaced with a shop and new housing.

Permission has been given to tear down the Linden Lea pub in Portchester after a close vote by Fareham councillors.

The borough’s planning committee approved the plans for a shop, five flats and three houses on the site, by a vote of four in favour to two against and one abstention.

Committee chairman councillor Nick Walker said: ‘I do have a concern, which a lot of people have raised, about parking spilling out on to the highway.

‘I would like to see that the spaces dedicated to the shop are not used by visitors to the properties.’

The plans allocate 13 spaces for the shop and 12 for the housing.

As part of the agreement, the developer will be giving £23,000 towards improving local bus stops and creating a pedestrian crossing.

The pub closed down in the summer of 2010 before reopening briefly under new management and then closing again, this time for good.

Other concerns had been raised about the need for another convenience store, when there is already a One Stop near by. But an officer’s report said there would be ‘no significant impact’ on local shops.