Disappointment over plans to turn former Market Drayton pub into homes
Residents have spoken of their disappointment over plans to turn a former Market Drayton pub into new homes.
They said they would like to see the Talbot Inn, in Newcastle Road, remain as a pub rather than be tuned into homes.
The pub was bought in October 2016 by Lynn Griffiths, who has applied for permission to transform it into two semi-detached properties.
Market Drayton resident Sarah Hamer previously set up a online poll which sparked overwhelming backing for the pub to reopen.
"It is disappointing. We felt like we did our best but felt we didn't have as much backing as we would have liked," she said.
"There has been a lot of controversy. Some people say it was never used and what do you expect. But a lot depends on the people running it.
"We live around the corner so it was handy to nip around there. Now we have to walk at least a mile into town or drive to go to our local waterhole."
Commenting on the Shropshire Council's website, one resident said: "This was a facility I used reasonably regularly that is missed and that has the opportunity for regular footfall from canalside visitors.
"More homes are plenty near enough in abundance without losing yet another venue for people to gather in. The town is expanding, yet all the places to visit and eat are being converted."
The pub was first placed on the market by Marstons in 2013. After failed attempts to sell it, it was eventually closed. It was re-marketed in May 2016 and sold to Meynell Developments Ltd. The pub was then split from the land to its rear and was again put on the market in October 2016, being bought by Mrs Griffiths.
The bulk of the car park behind of the public house was the subject of a planning application by Meynell Developments Ltd, who won consent in June this year to build five new homes on it.
A statement in support of the new application said: “Unfortunately the Talbot Inn has lost customers over the years to the point where it is no longer viable. The reason for its demise is essentially that it cannot compete in an increasingly competitive market.
“The proposed conversion secures a future for the building that will ensure that its historic fabric will be maintained and not suffer from dereliction and decay. The conversion will respect the historic character of the building, and will not result in any detrimental impact on the adjoining conservation area.”
Shropshire Council hopes to make a final decision on the scheme by December 11.
People can comment on the proposal as part of consultation into the development by visiting the council website.