Anger at new housing plans for landmark pub and 'green' land

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By Walsall Advertiser | Thursday, June 30, 2011, 09:20

RESIDENTS living near a former landmark public house in Walsall have reacted angrily to fresh plans which would see the site – and nearby green belt land – developed.

Concerned householders who live close to the former Three Crowns pub, on Sutton Road, have been left dismayed after amended plans were submitted to transform the disused watering hole into a mansion, and build a further three luxury homes nearby on the green belt.

Initial plans to develop the pub and build four extra dwellings were thrown out by Walsall Council at the end of last year.

But residents say the new plans will still 'destroy' the green belt site, next to the Great Barr Conservation Area.

Pinley Grove resident Steve Grey said: "The pub should be fully refurbished and maybe converted into flats. I am totally against any further development on the site. The Three Crowns is an iconic landmark and it would be great to see it brought back into use."

Pheasey Park Farm resident and chairman of the Walsall UKIP branch, Derek Bennett said: "The new proposals are almost the same at the last scheme which was rejected.

"Reducing plans by just one house is an insult to the intelligence of local people, like myself, who want this green belt site protected completely from development."

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