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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Plans submitted for homes on former Carlisle pub site

Six new homes could be built on the site of a former Carlisle pub, if planning permission is granted.

Rose & Crown photo
Demolition begins on the Rose & Crown

Cumbrian Properties wants to build the semi detached homes and nine car parking spaces on land formerly occupied by the Rose & Crown pub in Upperby Road.

Plans for the six three-bedroomed houses have been submitted to Carlisle City Council and a consultation exercise is currently underway.

The application says: “When viewed from Upperby Road, the new dwellings will appear as a continuation of the existing street scene, sympathetic in both design and scale to their surroundings.”

The Rose & Crown was one of several pubs built and designed by Redfern in the late 1920s and early 1930s as part of the Carlisle and District State Management Scheme.

Despite its history, the Rose & Crown was not on a Government list of buildings of special interest and it was knocked down in February.

Squatters had moved into the building in recent times, the central heating system had been ripped out, and lead had been taken off the roof.

Developers Cumbrian Properties had insisted that everything possible was done to save the rundown “eyesore” and that demolition was the best and safest option.

Adrian Hogarth, of Cumbrian Properties, said: “It’s an eyesore and the longer it is left the more of an eyesore it will become.

“Every attempt has been made to do something with the property.

“But it’s being vandalised by people who are accessing it and it’s being destroyed: they are the real vandals.”

Mr Hogarth showed the News & Star a letter from English Heritage which said that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport had decided not to add the pub to a list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

The application can be viewed online at www.carlisle.gov.uk via the planning pages or at the Civic Centre between 9am and 5pm on Mondays to Thursdays and 9am to 4pm on Fridays. Any representations should be made in writing or online, quoting the application reference number given above and sent to the director of economic development to be received no later than April 12.

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