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Major scheme to turn Farnborough pub into flats submitted to council

Inland Homes has submitted a planning application for more than 60 flats in the Ham and Blackbird Pub site in Farnborough Road

An artist's impression of proposed Ham & Blackbird site development

Developers wishing to turn a Farnborough pub into housing have submitted a planning application to Rushmoor Borough Council.

Inland Homes expressed an interest in the Ham and Blackbird site, in Farnborough Road, in February and its plans were revealed at a public exhibition later that month.

The pub was still open while potential plans were made, however, it closed on March 27.

A planning application was submitted to the council last Tuesday to demolish the public house and erect two residential buildings, to provide a total of 62 flats, a community facility, public open space plazas, and new access.

One of the blocks would be five-storeys and provide 10 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom flats, and the other would be six-storeys comprising 15 one-bedroom and 25 two-bedroom flats.

The site would also contain 69 car and 64 cycle spaces.

A report by Gregory Gray Associates, the agent for Inland Homes, said: “The application proposes a mix of one and two bedroom units, meeting a housing need for small dwellings, in an accessible and sustainable location.

“The development will contribute towards the revitalisation of Farnborough town centre in the manner envisaged by the council, providing residential development close to public transport interchanges and within walking distance of the town centre.”

The report goes on to state that the development will offer "significant improvements" to the public realm by providing an area of publicly accessible open space.

However, the plans had already sparked controversy before an application was submitted, after the developer cut down a number of large trees from the site in February.

Gareth Lyon, chairman of the council’s development control committee, accused them of attempting to bypass planning rules.

More than 100 local residents and councillors attended a public exhibition for the plans on February 22, and feedback was submitted from 45 parties.

Residents expressed concerns about the removal of trees on the site, inadequate parking provision, loss of a public house, traffic congestion and inadequate access for emergency vehicles.

Sir Gerald Howarth, MP for Aldershot, also attended the exhibition and said he was concerned about the density and size of the flats as the development could block out a lot of light.

A decision is due to be made by the council by September 2.

 
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