Plans to develop old Linden Lea pub are put on hold

30/12/2010 (NEWS)''The Linden Lea pub in Linden Lea, Portchester which has closed down. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (104227-6774)
30/12/2010 (NEWS)''The Linden Lea pub in Linden Lea, Portchester which has closed down. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (104227-6774)
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PLANS to demolish a former pub and turn it into a convenience store with housing have been put on hold.

Councillors said they were concerned about the viability of the plans for the site of the Linden Lea.

Plans had been submitted to Fareham Borough Council to turn the empty pub into a convenience store with eight homes built above it.

The council has now asked for new information to be made available before they make a decision.

It wants to see a report that shows how the applicants and officers at the council reached the conclusion that there is no requirement for social housing on the site.

Councillor Nick Walker, chairman of the committee, said: ‘Do we want to have a derelict site which is an eyesore or do we want to get something out of it?

‘We have got to try and take account of these difficult times.

‘That’s why the government has said we’ve got to take these viability tests.’

The pub in Linden Lea, Portchester, closed down in the summer of 2010.

It reopened briefly under new management but then closed again.

Plans submitted in 2009 to demolish it and turn it into housing were dismissed because losing the pub would have affected the community.

Under the new proposals, homes above the store would be available to buy.

The scheme features a contemporary design with a roofing arrangement similar to that of the existing pub.

But councillors raised concerns about the lack of affordable housing.

Councillor Peter Davies, said: ‘This is another site where the opportunity to provide affordable housing is being missed.’

He expressed concern about buses along Linden Lea, as one of the services looks set to be axed.

Councillor Katrina Trott, said: ‘We’ve already got a One Stop. I can’t see that there is any increase in public benefit. I would rather see more housing along here.’

Four letters had been received by the council opposing the plans, stating parking, noise and disturbance and increased retail competition as their reasons.

One letter was also received in support of the plans, saying the site needs to be tidied up.