Cambrian News photographer - Pub to be demolished to build seven new homes

A BREWERY is hoping to move forward with plans to demolish a former Penparcau pub and build seven new homes on the site.

The Cambrian News reported “SA Brains has applied for permission to tear down the Tollgate Inn and build the new homes after the pub failed to attract any buyers.

The Tollgate Inn, closed in 2015 after the brewery said that it is “no longer a viable business”, was initially set to be part of a large-scale housing development for the Diocese of Menevia, including a church to replace the currently closed St Winefride’s Church on Queens Road, Aberystwyth.

Those plans were scrapped and, after the pub failed to even get one viewing at its £350,000 price tag, SA Brains has returned to a planning scheme it first applied for in late 2016.

The scheme will see seven new homes, including affordable ones, and new vehicle access.

While major concerns were raised by residents and councillors over a larger later-abandoned Diocese-led plan for the land along with the site of the Welsh Martyrs Church for over 60 new homes over highway safety fears, the Trunk Road Agency has lodged no objection to the smaller-scale development.

It is not known whether the brewery intends to gain the outline permission in order to build the homes, or use the permission to boost the saleability of the site.

In its application, the brewery said: “The former public house has been vacant since mid-2015 and has been continuously marketed. During this period there has been a very poor level of interest in the site with the current public house use not attracting any viewings or any serious interest from purchasing parties” here.

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