THE need for housing in the borough was taken into account when a decision was reached on the prospect of a vacant country pub going for residential.

The application was made at the Beeston Castle pub, Whitchurch Road, Beeston where outline approval for the 21 homes was sought by Steppingstone Building Developments Ltd.

It was called in to the borough’s planning committee by Tattenhall ward councillor Mike Jones (Con) due to Beeston Parish Council having serious concerns about the sustainability of the development and the affect on the auction business at Beeston market surrounding the site.

Parish councillors raised objections and pointed out there were no facilities in Tiverton or Beeston and only limited bus services.

Two shops, a post office, a school and a health centre in Bunbury were one and a half miles away and the routes were not pedestrian friendly.

There was substantial noise from the cattle market and access on to the ‘very busy’ A49 was likely to prove ‘extremely dangerous’.

They also commented that Bunbury school was full.

There were no objections from the highway officer or from environmental protection specialists.

Residents raised a number of concerns saying the pub was a ‘magnificent example’ of a 19th century building and should be converted rather than knocked down.

Planning officers recommended the application should be refused as there would be no accessible local services for occupiers.

But the committee agreed on a 9-2 vote to overturn the advice of their officers and granted permission. A suggestion by Cllr Moore-Dutton that the speed limit on the A49 should be reviewed was accepted.