PLANS to demolish a Hockley Heath pub for a retirement development have been thrown out by Solihull councillors.
At a packed planning meeting last Wednesday (January 19) villagers and local businesses gathered to hear Hanover Housing’s proposals to knock down the Nags Head on the Stratford Road to make away for 30, two-bedroomed flats.
Planners had recommended approval but objectors including Meriden MP Caroline Spelman and Hockley Heath Parish Council argued that parking would be an issue.
Penny Halliday for Hanover Housing said: “We have sought the views of local residents and had enquiries from locals who were interested in purchasing an apartment. The Nags Head is no longer viable and our residents would shop in the village and see a £25,000 spend.”
But borough councillors said more affordable housing was needed in the village for young people.
Councillor Ian Courts Con (Dorridge and Hockley Heath) said: “This is a key village site and a focal point. This is about the destruction of Hockley Heath”