A PROMINENT businessman has revealed that he has the ‘complete backing’ of the community to potentially turn a village pub into residential properties.
Tom Hartley, renowned across the country for his high-performance car business, spoke to the Mail about his plans after confirming that he had purchased the Navigation Inn, in Spring Cottage Road, Overseal.
He revealed that he plans to redevelop the site with houses and said he was aiming to remove an ‘eyesore’ from the area.
He said: “I am very happy to have purchased the Navigation and can now move forward with my plans to turn the site into residential properties.
“It has been on the market for sometime, becoming a bit of an eyesore and has been attracting attention from the wrong kind of people.
“I have worked closely with residents in the area to make sure that this is a move that will boost the community, boost the environment and improve things visually.
“I now plan to work with the local authority to move this plan forward during the coming months.”
Mr Hartley also revealed that his grand plans for the area did not stop there, with news that he has expanded the showroom at his classic car business in Moira Road, Overseal.
He added: “This will allow us to make the site state-of-the-art.
“We aim to provide the best showroom in the country for what we offer.
“It will be contemporary but also fit in with the area.
“We are always looking to grow and the work on the showroom is part of that.
“This work and the plans for the Navigation will only help to improve things for the area.”