Long disused pub up for sale three years after house plan thrown out

A disused pub for which councillors rejected the idea to turn into a house is now on the market.

The New Inns, Kiddemore Green Road. Picture: Google Street View
The New Inns, Kiddemore Green Road. Picture: Google Street View

The planning application to turn The New Inns in Kiddemore Green Road, Brewood, into a home was previously refused on the basis that it would result in 'the permanent loss of a community/social facility' in the village.

The pub is now being listed by agency Fine Touch Services on Zoopla for £750,000.

The listing on Zoopla reads: "Commercial property for sale. It was a pub, and planning permission was refused for redevelopment."

An appeal to turn the former rural pub into a five-bedroom property was refused by councillors in February 2020, before an appeal was dismissed six months later.

The once 'very popular' county pub has been closed for six years due to lack of trade, and considered by the the owners as 'unviable'.

The rejection by South Staffordshire Council planning committee also stated that the conversion would not be in line with the council's 'core strategy' which seeks to 'support the retention of local services and facilities in the interest of sustainable communities'.

Some comments submitted to the council were in favour of the idea, but others disagreed.

One comment in support of the application said there were other pubs in the area, however South Staffordshire Council decided the applicant had "not demonstrated through a viability test that the use concerned is no longer economically viable and that all reasonable efforts have been made to sell or let the property at a realistic price for a period of at least 12 months and that the use could not be provided by some other means or is genuinely redundant".

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