Plan to turn former pub site in Northamptonshire into shops turned down

A plan has been refused for two shop units at a former pub site on the A508 in Roade.
A plan has been refused for two shop units at a former pub site on the A508 in Roade.

Developers hoping to turn the site of a Northamptonshire pub into two shops have been sent back to the drawing board for a second time after they were refused permission.

On Thursday, members of South Northamptonshire Council’s development control committee turned down Fernbrook Builders Limited scheme for two retail units on the site of the former George Inn, in Northampton Road, Roade.

The original plan was withdrawn in March following a 351 name petition from local residents.

But despite minor amendments to a re-submitted scheme, planning committee councillors still felt the plan “failed to provide a quality design that enhanced the area, given the site’s prominent location.”

Councillor Rebecca Breese, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment said: “New developments can be around for a long time and in a prominent site like this, which sees a lot of traffic from outside the district, we need to get it right.”

Several complaints were made about the plan by Roade residents on the grounds it would create too much traffic.

One objector wrote: “The pub caused little problem due to the off peak opening hours. I fear this development will make a bad situation even worse.”

The George Inn was demolished in 2010 and the site is now likely to remain empty for the foreseeable future.

While the council turned Fernbrook Builders’ bid down on the grounds of appearance, councillors felt the application “addressed the highway impacts.”