Former Telford pub to be demolished for housing
A vandal-hit former pub in Telford will be torn down and replaced with homes after plans were given the go-ahead.
The Old Shawbirch Inn, in Trench Road, Trench, will be demolished and replaced with four, three-bedroom properties.
The scheme has been passed by Telford & Wrekin Council under delegated powers.
In a report granting permission to the scheme, case officer Matthew Thomas said the pub closed about a decade ago and a number of planning applications have been submitted in a bid to transform the site.
The report says the 19th century building is currently boarded up and has been vandalised in recent years.
The report says: "It is proposed to build four, three-bed properties with each providing living accommodation at ground floor level, two bedrooms and bathroom at first floor level with the master bedrooms with en-suites being provided within the roof space.
"The dwellings will be built beneath gables roofs and finished in facing bricks, roof tiles and uPVC windows with materials to be agreed.
"The principle of utilising this former public house as residential accommodation has previously been established through the granting of planning permission in 2011 to convert the building in to a house of multiple occupation.
"Whilst this permission has since lapsed, the loss of the community facility was previously assessed and its loss was considered to be negligible.
"The building has remained vacant for approximately 10 years and it is highly unlikely that its use as a functioning public house will ever be re-established.
"The building has been vacant and windows boarded up for some considerable time and has been subject to vandalism over recent years. "In the interests of returning this site back to an active use, its redevelopment for residential development is considered to be the most appropriate in providing a sustainable reuse of this site. Accordingly, the principle remains acceptable."
The surrounding buildings are a mix of commercial and residential buildings, from metal clad buildings to barrack style buildings and domestic scale, brick houses.
The plans say that Trench is a “sustainable location” and that local bus routes, shops, schools and local facilities are all provided for.