Concerns about flooding and car parking have been raised over the development of an historic former hotel near Burton.
The three-storey Grade-II listed Brookhouse Hotel, in Brookside, Rolleston, closed down in 2015, but plans have recently been submitted to turn it into 10 flats.
An application has been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to convert the hotel, built in the 17 century as a farmhouse, into 10 flats, with another eight homes built to the rear of the property.
If given permission, Littleover-based applicants, HDA Property Limited, also hope to demolish a range of single storey buildings along the eastern boundary of the site to Alderbrook Close, which they claim brings no architectural merit to the hotel building.
Rolleston Parish Council has now objected to the plans and one resident who attended a recent meeting claimed he has spoken with the Environment Agency at times of flooding, and has evidence of flooding right back to the 1880s.
Two residents of Alderbrook Close added that their gardens had flooded in 2001 and 2012 (2012 into the house) from the car park. They said they didn’t believe the development will do anything to ease flooding and may increase the risk. They also stated that traffic increases should be a consideration, especially at school times. They did add that they were pleased that the main building was going to be addressed.
Another resident also expressed his concern over the amount of parking spaces in the plans. The houses have spaces for two cars, the flats have one each, and there are three visitors’ spaces, which he doesn’t believe to be enough. He is also concerned about the narrow entrance.
Councillor Mike Robson, of Rolleston Parish Council stated that the building is in a state of disrepair and deteriorating quickly, and would therefore welcome development of some sort to bring the building back to life. However, concerns were raised about flooding and car parking spaces.
In a report to the borough council, Stephen Bradwell acting for the applicants said: "The proposal will provide a range of new homes in the heart of this sustainable village and the future occupants will be able to contribute to the vitality and viability of the village community, which has several local facilities, all within easy walking distance of the site.
"The principal listed building itself is in relatively poor condition and as a result of its previous use has lost many of its architectural features and historic floorplan, particularly on the ground floor which has been opened out and altered to provide public bars, sitting areas, toilets and a kitchen area extending into the side extension.
"The building has however retained its original staircase and the historic floor plans are more intact on the upper floors, although these have been altered and adapted for the hotel use, particularly with the insertion of ensuite facilities."
As flood risk assessment completed by structural and civil engineers Michael Evans and Associates said the site was classed as in Flood Zone 1 and 2, which, it concluded, “are suitable for the vulnerability class of development proposed, and therefore the flood risk zones at the site should not prove to be an impediment to the proposed development.”
The report added: “The site layout has been developed following a sequential approach to ensure that there is no built development within Flood Zone 3 areas, and mitigation measures are put in place to ensure that the development is made safe from flooding and to ensure means of safe access and egress to and from the development in the event of a flooding incident.
“The Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for the East Staffordshire which covers the proposed development site states that the Rolleston-on-Dove area has previously suffered flooding from the Rolleston Brook, but that there are no other sources of flooding identified for the local area.”
In 2015 the Burton Mail revealed the hotel was on the market for £600,000 and had traded as a hotel business since 1976, after originally being built as a farmhouse.