Councillors to have final say on plan to demolish derelict pub

The Sun pub, Hartford Road, Huntingdon.

The Sun pub, Hartford Road, Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

A developer’s plan to demolish a former pub to make way for new housing will be put before councillors next week.

Ambury Developments has applied to Huntingdonshire District Council for permission to knock down The Sun pub, in Hartford Road, and build a terrace of five houses in its place.

In an earlier application, submitted last year, Ambury had applied to the district council to build six houses but the plans were turned down in the face of criticism from neighbours over a lack of parking at the site.

In its latest submission, however, Ambury says it has responded to concerns raised about a lack of parking by removing one house and including space for four cars in its plan.

Ambury told the district council: “Particular care has been taken to ensure that the proposed properties would sit comfortably at the site and would not create an alien, cramped or inappropriate form of development that would harm the existing character or appearance of the locality.

“Similarly, the proposals provide for more than acceptable levels of privacy and amenity for both existing and future occupiers.”

District council planning officer Jacob Jaarsma acknowledged that the amount of parking space provided on the development was not likely to be enough to cater for all residents but added that that would not be reason enough to refuse the plans.

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He has, therefore, recommended that councillors approve the plans, despite ongoing objection from Huntingdon Town Council, which has called the plan an “overdevelopment”.

The town council said: “Members felt this was overdevelopment of the site. The development would exacerbate existing parking issues, and insufficient parking would be provided for the proposed development.”

The development management panel will consider the plans on Monday, from 7pm, at the district council’s Pathfinder House, in Huntingdon.