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This abandoned Gravesend pub could be demolished and turned into six new homes

PUBLISHED: 13:01 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 09 June 2017

The abandoned Stork at Rest pub pictured in 2012

The abandoned Stork at Rest pub pictured in 2012

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Planning councillors will review an application next week

Proposals to demolish a long-abandoned pub and replace it with housing are being put before councillors again next week.

Based on the corner of Dobson Road and Stacey Road in Gravesend, the Stork at Rest pub closed in 2013 and developers have been keen to build on the site ever since.

Initial plans had been put forward to build 10 homes in 2015, but councillors dismissed plans and a subsequent appeal.

Last year a fresh application for eight homes was put forward, which fell on deaf ears once again.

If next week’s plans are approved, the pub would be destroyed, and replaced with six homes split between two terraces.

Due to the former pub being raised higher than the streets around it, developers are hoping to reduce the site back down to ground level, matching Stacey Close.

Analysis of the application has deemed it acceptable in principle, but neighbouring residents are already up in arms.

Views from the owners of the 25 closest properties resulted in 19 letters of objection, which claimed “development is likely to exacerbate an already bad parking problem in this location, inadequate parking provision is provided.”

It is expected that each property will have two parking spaces provided for it, but no parking for visitors will be provided.

Concerns were also raised on behalf of elderly residents that the development could result in emergency vehicles being blocked with Stacey Close only having a small amount of turning room.

However in the report, Kent Fire and Rescue Service has raised no objection to the site’s accessibility should the development go ahead.

The report adds:” “The previous commercial use of the site has not proven successful which would suggest an alternative use of the site would be more appropriate.

“There is certainly a need for additional dwellings in the urban area which this proposal would provide.”

The meeting will go to Gravesham’s planning councillors on Wednesday, June 14.

The Stork at Rest was built in 1957 on the site of a former maternity unit.

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