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A historic Staffordshire pub on the site where the founder of digger giant JCB was born could be knocked down and replaced by a care home and affordable housing.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s deputy leader, George Allen, had previously tried to have The Parks pub in Uttoxeter listed, on the basis it was where the JCB founder, Cyril Bamford, was born in 1916.
However, Historic England research found that Mr Bamford was actually born in a mansion that previously stood on the site.
The Stoke Sentinel reports a property development firm has put forward plans to replace the now disused pub with a care home, sheltered housing and affordable homes.
Mr Allen, who is also the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning policy, said his application to protect The Parks by having it listed had been rejected.
He added: “There’s been lots of speculation about the plans, but no planning application has yet been entered.
“In 2014, planning permission to build 28 houses on the site was refused because of its heritage. But national planning policy has changed since then, so it’ll be interesting to see what planners make of it if and when [the developer] submits an application.
“To be clear about the plans, I’ve been informed [by the developer] they would involve demolishing the Parks pub building and building a care home, sheltered housing and a small number of affordable houses.
“That could be a problem for those who don’t want to see the development go ahead, because there is demand for those facilities.”
Historic England said the current building was not appropriate for listing because it “displayed little originality” and used “mass-produced materials rather than demonstrating a high degree of individual craftsmanship”.
It added: “Given that (Joseph Cyril Bamford) was born in 1916, it is more likely that he was born in the earlier house that stood on the site. It is documented, however, that Cyril Joseph Bamford, Joseph’s father, lived here until his death in 1951.”