Plans to redevelop the site of a pub which had to be bulldozed after a huge fire broke out on Christmas Day have been axed.

Proposals to build two detached homes on the site of The Robin Hood, in Bramshall, were previously submitted in an application to East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning department, but they have now been refused.

The application was made by Ms L Fitzsimmons.

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The pub closed after it suffered significant damage in a fire on December 25, 2016.

The application states the blaze led to the "remaining structure falling into a dangerous state of disrepair".

Nevertheless, planners have decided to refuse the latest proposals saying the submission failed to demonstrate the need for housing in this "out of settlement boundary location".

Council planners also said the site was in an "unsustainable location" with no immediate facilities and so cars would have to be used.

It comes after an application previously submitted for a change of use from a pub to form three houses, which included the repair and reinstatement of the old pub building following the fire was refused for the same reason.

The most recent application said: "The site was vacant for a significant period of time, during which it became a magnet for antisocial behaviour, resulting in children and teenagers playing on the site.

"Understandably, this caused great concern for the applicant as the structure was not safe and any incident on site would fall within her responsibility.

"The applicant therefore decided that the best way to prevent any such incident would be to instruct the demolition of the structure; this was done solely for safety reasons, but, unfortunately, rendered the previous application and associated appeal scheme unimplementable."

The new application says the site was becoming an eyesore and there was no chance of it being reverting to greenfield in the "near future".

It states that the applicant does not consider it to be viable to rebuild the pub due to the difficulties in the hospitality trade and says that homes would be the most appropriate option as it is already within a residential settlement.

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