Following the incident at the former Greyhound pub on Rock Hill in Bromsgrove, we will working closely with the Fire Service and the Police to investigate the cause of the fire.
Jonathan Babb, Technical Director for Catesby Estates said; “Since purchasing the property nearly 3 years ago it has been the target for numerous recorded incidences of break-in, vandalism and anti-social behaviour, despite our best efforts to repeatedly secure the building. The building has been secured in accordance with the advice received from both the Police and the Local Authority.”
“We would like to thank the Emergency Services for containing the fire, and we will now be working with the Council to re-secure the site and ensure the safety of those living in close proximity of the building.”
Following its closure in April 2016, the pub owned by Catesby Estates has been unoccupied, and a planning application submitted to Bromsgrove District Council in 2017 for its demolition was refused. This was despite the Planning Officer’s recommendations that the benefits of demolishing the building outweigh any benefits of retaining it.
The building occupies a site which is part of Catesby’s current planning application for 505 new homes which is pending consideration. The application comprises 490 new dwellings on the Whitford Road site, known as BROM 3 in the adopted Bromsgrove District Plan. The application also includes 15 new homes on part of the former pub site, including demolition of the building itself and the creation of a new roundabout required as part of a package of local highways improvements.