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Retirement homes replace blight on landscape

A DERELICT “eyesore” will be turned into retirement housing after an application was approved at planning committee last week.

A DERELICT “eyesore” will be turned into retirement housing after an application was approved at planning committee last week.

McCarthy and Stone submitted plans to demolish the Chester Arms in Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, to create 45 retirement apartments.

Planners had received three letters of objection voicing concern over the small number of parking spaces, at just 16, which Coun Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon) branded “ridiculous”.

However, the plans had received written support from ward councillors, Ted Richards and Michael Robinson, as well as two residents and in the meeting, Coun Alan Martin (Con, Bickenhill) praised the plans.

“I’m delighted by this application,” he said. ”It is an excellent project in an excellent location and will clean up a rather dilapidated pub site.”

The scheme was unanimously approved at planning committee last Wednesday (April 25).

 

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