DUDDON Parish Council has called an exceptional planning meeting to discuss the proposal to transform a landmark former village pub site.
Members will meet at Duddon St Peters Primary School on Tuesday, May 8, at 7.30pm to respond to plans drawn up for the vacant Headless Woman pub.
Chester-based developers McClements and McClements has now submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
They want to convert the historic pub, dating abck to the 1600s, into a home and also build eight houses on the rest of the site.
Half of the properties would be detached with four bedrooms and sold at market value, while the other half would be affordable two-bedroom, semi-detached homes provided by Chester and District Housing Trust.
The proposal would provide a total of nine new homes, each of which would have a private rear garden, an open plan front garden, and off-road parking. The four market-value homes would each have a garage.
Consulatation with the parish council and residents took place during a meeting held in January.
Some villagers did not believe the development would be sustainable and were unhappy at the potential loss of the pub as a community facility.
Tarporley-based Wright Manley – acting on behalf of the developers – said in a planning document the site had been on the market for more than 12 months since February last year at an initial guide price of £450,000. The price eventually dropped to about £375,000.
Wright Manley added: “The applicant purchased the property in December 2011 and has remained in active pursuit of obtaining a tenant to undertake the lease of the public house.
“However, th property received no valid interest. There were no viewings.”