Pub conversion plans slammed

The Angel pub
The Angel pub

A WELL-known pub is set to be converted into new homes.

Developers from CAD Ltd want to change The Angel Inn, in St Marys Terrace, into four two-bedroom terraced houses.

They were given the go-ahead by councillors last Wednesday (April 27) at a planning meeting.

But residents are unhappy and objector Aubrey Ingleton blasted the scheme as a ‘huge overdevelopment’.

He said: “There are no garden spaces provided and this is just a smoke and mirrors application.

“All the houses will take up a 0.2 hectare site, creating a huge overdevelopment.

“It’s not in keeping with the Old Town Conservation Area. We want something worthy here but feel objectors are being ignored.”

Mr Ingleton set up a petition in protest and got more than a dozen objectors to sign it.

He also said that the houses were ‘poorly designed’ and such a development would cause more traffic congestion.

The same developers submitted a similar application in February last year which was refused.

They went to appeal in August but it was dismissed. So they submitted a fresh proposal.

Councillor Michael Wincott said he was concerned about the lack of play space and gardens, his views being echoed by Cllr Joy Waite.

Cllr Godfrey Daniel, chairman of the council’s planning committee, reluctantly supported the plans, unlike in February last year when he blasted a similar scheme.

He said: “This is better than previous applications but not perfect. I think it’s as good as we can get.”