Housing plan for former pub

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 former Buxton pub could be converted into affordable housing under new plans which are being put forward.

Affordable Homes Consultancy and Peaks and Plains Housing Trust have joined forces on a scheme to replace the Royal Forester pub on Victoria Park Road in Fairfield with eight two bedroom houses and six one and two bedroom apartments for affordable housing.

If given the go-ahead, the scheme will be developed by Affordable Homes Consultancy but the properties will be managed by the Peaks and Plains Housing Trust.

The two organisations told the Buxton Advertiser: “The pub has been closed for over three years and has fallen into a state of disrepair.

“It is now prone to vandalism and anti social behaviour and is something of an eyesore.

“It will be replaced with a high quality residential scheme that will not only help to regenerate the Fairfield estate but which will go some way to meeting the affordable housing needs of the people of Buxton.

“Peaks and Plains Housing Trust has received Homes & Communities Agency grant funding to help deliver the scheme.”

They added a planning application will be submitted to High Peak Borough Council before Christmas and if approved, work will start on the site in May 2015.

It is then anticipated that the scheme will be built and ready for letting by May 2016.

A consultation event for local residents took place at Fairfield Community Centre last week.