Plans to convert pub into housing for nurses

By Nikkie Sutton

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Plans to convert pub into housing for nurses

Related tags: Somerset

Plans have been submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council to turn the former Crown & Anchor pub in Weston, Bath, into homes for staff at the nearby Royal United Hospital.

The main part of the building has not been used as a pub since the summer of 2012 and, although part of it was used as an Indian restaurant, this closed in November 2013.

Applicant Sandringhams Developments has proposed: "To convert the existing accommodation into a mixed-use scheme with an A2 unit and four small residential units. 

"These residential units are aimed at providing key worker accommodation to supply much-needed residential accommodation for nurses working at the closely located Royal United Hospital." 

The accommodation would consist of a two-bedroom cottage, a one-bedroom flat and two small two-bedroom flats.

Parking problem

According to local newspaper the Bath Chronicle​, Weston councillors Matthew Davis and Colin Barrett said: "What worries us is the parking because it is a major problem in this village.

"We think it is all well building these properties but where do all the people park?

"We've got a parking problem in Weston and it is not improving."

Sandringhams Developments said that because the building has been unoccupied for a long period, a new use needs to be found to make sure the building does not fall into disrepair.

The developer also argued the proposed repair and conversion will ensure the building is protected from weather damage.

It also claims the historic and architectural importance of the building has been taken into consideration.

The planning decision is due to be made by 6 July.

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