PLANS to concert a former pub into houses have been deferred for a second time.
Clever Flame Ltd want to create two properties from the Fox and Hounds in Great Haywood and put another three on the car park.
Residents say it would be better with two houses on the car park and planners have sent the plans back to the developer to ask if they can be amended.
The proposals for the Main Road site went before Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee in June but were deferred and had been amended to put three three-bedroomed houses on the car park instead of two pairs of semi detached which were originally planned.
Objector Paul Richards said: “The consensus of opinion is we accept there will be some development of the site but it’s the amount of houses rather than the building of houses which is causing concern to the residents of Hunters Close.
“People would accept the building of two houses on the car park but facing the main road not Hunters Close as is the current situation.”
Francis Beard, agent for the applicant, said: “The road is too narrow to do that. If we do that we can’t meet the spatial standards. Currently the scheme more than meets them.
“It provides new housing which some locals who wish to remain in the village will be able to afford.”
Ward Coucnillor Jean Tabernor said: “The residents adopted the sewerage system in Hunters Close and it’s theirs and (the developer) can’t tap into it without residents’ permission.
“It would be more in keeping with two houses facing the main road. We just want to get it right. The residents don’t want something that’s going to cause problems.”
Her ward colleague Councillor Amyas Stafford Northcote said: “We have no objections in the parish to the development of the pub to two (properties) but we worry about the creation of a mini estate by having those three houses which have no relationship to houses around them.”
Proposing the application be approved Councillor Malcolm Millichap said: “The developer has amended his original plans when this was sent back. The proposals still looks somewhat incongruous but on balance I come down in favour of it.”
Councillor Peter Roycroft said: “Can we defer this back to the developer and ask for two houses on the car park.”
Councillor Gareth Jones said: “It seems to me there’s no dispute about the conversion of the pub but there’s objection to trying to put three properties in the other area. Five houses creates over-massing and all its consequences in terms of traffic and congestion and provision of storage areas etc.”
The committee voted six to five to defer the application.