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Plans to turn former site of Stork at Rest pub deferred as applicant asked to drop number of homes

PUBLISHED: 10:47 19 June 2017

The abandoned Stork at Rest pub pictured in 2012

The abandoned Stork at Rest pub pictured in 2012

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It follows a meeting last week

Ongoing plans to replace an abandoned pub with new homes could see the number of proposed houses dropped for the third time.

Last week councillors were expected to approve plans for six homes to replace the abandoned Stork at Rest pub in Stacey Close, but plans were deferred on the condition the number of homes is dropped to five.

Once the Gravesend pub closed in 2013, an application to build 10 new homes was put forward, but these plans, followed by a smaller application for eight homes, were both thrown out by councillors.

This latest reduction was called upon by planning councillors on Wednesday, who felt six homes would create a “cramped form of development which fails to integrate into the surrounding area, and fails to take into account the character of existing properties.”

The application will be refused for a third time if developers wish to keep the number of homes at six.

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