An OMI-designed housing scheme on the site of the Old House At Home pub on Burton Road will go before Manchester City Council’s planning committee next week with a recommendation to approve, despite objections from more than 80 local residents.
The pub on the site, described by the architect as “a popular boozer” with “a chequered past” has been closed since the latter part of 2017 and is now vacant.
Developer Britannia bought the site at the end of last year and is now planning to demolish the pub and replace it with homes for private sale.
The developer is proposing to build 12 four-bed family homes – revised down from an initial 13 first put forward earlier this year – all of which will be three storeys and brick-clad, with private drives accessed via Burton Road.
The developer, headed up by Mohammad Jamil, has developed 57 homes and around 10 shops in the local area since it was founded in the late 1980s.
OMI said the removal of the pub would “dramatically improve the amenity” of neighbouring properties; originally, a roof terrace was to be included on the first floor of the houses but this has been removed following overlooking concerns.
However, there has still been opposition from local residents, with 81 objections submitted in response to the planning application.
These focussed on overdevelopment concerns and a lack of car parking provision on site; there were also issues raised over a loss of privacy and residential amenity, and arguments that the design was “out of keeping” with the local area.
Despite this, planners said the development would not have “unacceptable impacts on residential amenity” particularly as the site was formerly used as a pub which previously generated late-night noise.
In their report to committee, planning officer said: “It is acknowledged that the application site poses some challenges given its configuration. It is also recognised that given its past use as a public house which comprised a single building and car park, any development will have a noticeable impact.”
Following changes to the scheme, including the reduction in the number of homes, a reduction in height to the rear of the site, and the removal of terraces and balconies, planners said the proposals were “acceptable and accord with national and local planning policies” and recommended the project for approval when Manchester’s planning committee meets on 23 August.
The professional team features planner NJL; heritage consultant Wardell Armstrong; ecologist Urban Green; and transport consultant SCP.