Four homes planned for Shrewsbury pub car park

By Jordan Reynolds | Shrewsbury | Property | Published:

Four new homes could be built on a pub car park on a main road in Shrewsbury.

The Red Barn pub in Longden Road. Photo: Google StreetView.

An application has been submitted for the terraced houses on the site next to The Red Barn pub in Longden Road.

The applicant is a large national public house and hostelry landlord organisation. They and companies they have acquired have owned the plot for decades.

The plans say that many public houses have found the recent economic downturns "very hard on business".

It adds: "In order to keep the business of these public houses viable the client is pursuing a route to lose the liability of sprawling vacant sites while creating a business income related to that site to bolster the income and help pubs survive.

"The design has evolved from a requirement to make efficient use of the brownfield vacant site."

The proposed use is for residential properties which will be for private sale or self-building.

The focus is on creating dwellings of "unique high quality to improve and enhance the area".

The plans say that the amount is deemed appropriate for the size and location. Many of the neighbouring properties are of similar size, proportion and bedroom number.


The site would offer "semi-public buffer" space to the front garden and to the back is a small garden and amenity area.

The plans add: "It is a vacant fenced site which is currently an under-used pub car park that can be a crime and tipping nuisance.

"It has been noted that there is a demand in the area for houses with three, four and six bedrooms.

"The open car park does nothing to contribute to the character of the area. We feel that the proposal improves and enhances the street scene in accordance with local heritage and conservation policies."

The appearance of the properties would be a modern take on the appearance of the surrounding properties.

A decision will be made on the plans in the coming weeks.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.


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