Approval expected for pub flats plan

The New Charnwood.
The New Charnwood.

A decision over plans to convert a former pub into flats has been deferred after it was revealed the developer bricked up windows without permission.

Mohammed Mumtaz wants to convert the New Charnwood in Westgate and council officers recommended approval.

But members of the Heavy Woollen Planning Sub Committee voted at their meeting yesterday to defer it after concerns were raised about the building’s appearance.

And chairman Coun Paul Kane proposed the application was deferred so officers could investigate.

Coun Charles Greaves (Ind, Holme Valley North), said: “Bricking up the windows at the front of the building has damaged that street scene.”

The meeting heard the owners did not have planning permission to brick up the windows. Coun Greaves added that part of the roof had also been removed.

The council received a petition with 167 signatures, and two letters against the plans, including one from the Salvation Army which has headquarters in Barrack Street. Objectors said Barrack Street was regularly blocked by vans and lorries making deliveries and issues with the site owner had arisen in the past, with police and the council becoming involved.

They said the area was used by the elderly and children; extra vehicles may cause problems, and the preschool playroom would be overlooked.