Derelict pub to be demolished and turned into homes

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A PUB which has been left abandoned for months looks set to be transformed into brand new houses.

Councillors will tomorrow decide whether to allow plans to demolish The Admiral Cunningham pub in Longfield Avenue, Fareham, and build five houses and three flats in its place.

Leslie Keeble, the ward councillor for Fareham West, said: ‘Lots of pubs are closing down because of the current situation.

‘This could get worse with the increases in beer.

‘We can’t leave empty buildings there for long periods of time.

‘Any redevelopment, especially housing which we need in the borough, will be useful provided it’s tasteful.’

The pub is located next to Broadlaw Walk – an area which was once a hot spot for anti-social behaviour but which is now being transformed.

The old flats and dingy shopping area were demolished in 2009 and First Wessex Housing group began work to replace them with 56 new two-bedroom flats, six shops and a community centre as part of a £14 million regeneration project.

Residents began moving into the properties last October.

Cllr Keeble said that demolishing the pub and turning it into brand new houses and flats will be very beneficial for the local area.

‘The ones that Wessex are doing at Broadlaw Walk look very nice,’ he said.

‘They seem to be like a flagship compared to the ones next to the Admiral Cunningham.

‘We don’t want places that in 15 or 20 years are going to look like slum houses.

‘We want decent houses. I am very pleased they are doing this work.’

Graffiti has been spotted in the area recently and Cllr Keeble said he hopes that the redevelopment plans will help put a stop to it.

‘I wish we could catch these people and make them clear it up,’ he said.

‘Any area that’s not looked after properly becomes a target for these youngsters.

‘People are just dumping rubbish round there.’

Officers have recommended the development is given the go ahead.

Councillors will make the final decision at a Fareham Borough Council planning meeting tomorrow afternoon.