Buxton pub to be demolished and replaced with 14 affordable homes

The former Royal Forester pub, Fairfield, now up for redevelopment as housing
The former Royal Forester pub, Fairfield, now up for redevelopment as housing

A prominent Buxton pub is to be demolished to make way for a development of 14 affordable homes.

The Royal Foresters public house, on Victoria Park Road, Fairfield, will be flattened and replaced with eight houses and six flats, all of which will be available for affordable rent.

The former Royal Forester pub, Fairfield, now up for redevelopment as housing

The former Royal Forester pub, Fairfield, now up for redevelopment as housing

The public house has been vacant since it ceased trading in March 2012.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee voted unanimously in favour of the development, during a meeting at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall on Monday.

Supporting the scheme, Cllr Stewart Young said: “It’s a crying shame that we are losing a public amenity, but under the present circumstances it is the only way forward, but it is a good way forward. Affordable housing is what is needed.”

His comments were echoed by Cllr Bob McKeown, who said: “When you drive around High Peak, you see these empty and derelict pubs and they are an eyesore. I never like to see a pub close, but this (scheme) is a good replacement for it.”

The development will comprise of one row of five two-storey dwellings, and a terraced block of three two-storey dwellings with a three-storey block of six flats.

Each of the houses will have a “modest” private rear garden, with a shared amenity area surrounding the flats.

Cllr Samantha Flower questioned whether the total number of parking spaces, 14, would be adequate for tenants. However, consultation with the highways authority, detailed in a report presented to the meeting, said that while this was below the recommended level, it was unlikely such an objection could be sustained.

It is understood the affordable properties will be delivered by Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, in conjunction with the applicant Affordable Homes Consultancy.