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Plans deferred to turn Caldicot pub into flats

CONVERSION PLAN: Ye Olde Tippling Philosopher in Caldicot

CONVERSION PLAN: Ye Olde Tippling Philosopher in Caldicot

First published in News

HOUSING plans for a Grade II-listed Caldicot pub were deferred by councillors again yesterday.

Ye Olde Tippling Philosopher, on Chepstow Road, was Caldicot’s oldest pub until its closure in October 2011.

During the meeting at County Hall, near Usk, Monmouthshire council’s planning committee decided to defer the application so a delegation panel can meet with architects about fears a potential wall would have on a neighbour.

Councillor Jim Higginson, who represents Severn ward, said the current plans would be “an absolutely huge intrusion.”

He said: “I’m not against property being built but it’s the manner and the way it’s laid out that I’m against.”

Under the plans, the 18th century building would be converted into two homes and the modern extensions of the pub would be demolished.

And four semi-detached houses would be built on a car park and a third house would be built on three remaining walls of the barn and small stable.

The developers, Enterprise Inns, have proposed two houses will be allocated as affordable housing.

The committee had previously deferred the application in March so that plans could be amended to widen the driveway to improve vehicle access to the site.

They also deferred the application again in May for further negotiations with the developers.

Councillors’ concerns surrounded the height of the unit three, which would be built on the site of the old barn and stables, due to light restriction into a neighbouring garden.

Caldicot Town Council have approved plans for the pub conversion but were opposed to the new properties which would overlook existing houses in Deepweir.

Neighbouring properties in the Deepweir area have objected to the planned construction citing that plots six and seven would overlook into gardens and would impact on their privacy.

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