1:37pm Wednesday 18th September 2013
CAMPAIGNERS in Halesowen are celebrating after Dudley Council blocked The Swan pub being bulldozed and replaced with a supermarket.
Planning chiefs refused the latest application concerning the Long Lane pub citing traffic problems as the deciding factor for the refusal.
Halesowen North Councillor Jeff Hill, who organised a petition against the new supermarket, said: “We are really pleased the council has agreed the proposed development would have a damaging effect on our roads.
“The car park provision was completely indaquate and it would have led to problems on the main road.”
He added: “The campaign was a real success and showed the strength of feeling from residents and shopkeepers against a new supermaket being built in the area.
“The applicants still have right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol but the I think the reasons are strong enough that the decision will not be overturned.”
Halesowen North Councillor Hilary Bills added: “I’m delighted that Dudley MBC has listened to the many residents of Long Lane and other affected roads and turned down the application to demolish The Swan.
“The detrimental effect on traffic in Long Lane is what won the argument but we need to recognise that the local community also made it clear they want to support their local businesses too.”
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