PLAYERS TO STAYERS Totton & Eling Town Council has given a thumbs up to plans t…

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PLAYERS TO STAYERS

Totton & Eling Town Council has given a thumbs up to plans to demolish the former Players Pub in Water Lane and replace it with six homes.

The final decision rests with New Forest District Council (the planning authority), but I anticipate it being given permission.

I am slightly conflicted on this issue. On the one hand it is really sad to see the town losing places where the community has gathered. There are a number of pubs that have been lost to the town in recent years and I suspect this won't be the last.

On the other hand, it's good to see an ugly, dormant, site developed and put into use for much needed housing. The housing won't be "affordable". It will be sold at regular market prices.

Under the rules laid down by government, only new developments in excess of ten houses have to provide an element of affordable housing, or contribution towards it.

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