A PLAN to build new homes at the site of an old pub in Chaddesley Corbett has been rejected. 

A planning application was lodged for four new two-bed bungalows, as well as a three-bed bungalow and ten car parking spaces, to the rear of the historic Talbot Inn. 

The application site falls within the curtilage of the vacant pub and covers part of the car parking area, former beer garden and play area.

Although the plan was supported by Chaddesley Corbett Parish Council, the Worcestershire Highways authority raised safety concerns around access for pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable road users. 

The planning officer concluded: "The proposals would represent an acceptable windfall housing development, however, the development by virtue of its design and layout would result in a poor design and represent an overdevelopment of the site, that would be dominated by parked cars. 

"It would create a poor living environment for future occupiers due to the limited size of the plots, potential noise nuisance from the adjoining public house and inadequate pedestrian and vehicular access, which is likely to result in conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

"The Highway Authority raise objections to the application and considers that it would result in an unacceptable impact on highway safety on grounds of intensifying the use of an already substandard access and poor pedestrian route".