A Stapenhill resident has vowed to fight "tooth and nail" to save historic shops from being bulldozed. John Harvey has spoken of his disgust at finding out that East Staffordshire Borough Council has granted permission to demolish 67 to 69 Main Street, in Stapenhill, to build six homes.
The application states that the ground floor of the block has been vacant for several years since the pizza shop closed with no prospective of being brought back into commercial use. It is falling into disrepair, along with the garages at the rear of the site. Some of the first floor flats are currently occupied.
However, Mr Harvey said he will fight to keep what he calls a big chuck of "old Stapenhill" and wants others to join him to save the buildings.
Mr Harvey, who helped to save the Ferry House when it was at risk of being torn down, said: "This is part of old Stapenhill as we like to call it and no-one who lives nearby seems to be aware of any plans to tear it down. This is a big chunk of old Stapenhill and I am going to fight tooth and nail to save it.
"It is a Victorian building and businesses have been using the courtyard at the back. I will fight the demolition with the developer. I believe people are still living in the building and they do not seem to be aware that it could be knocked down. Adjoining to the property is a taxi rank and a cafe and they both use the rear of the building for access.
"There is no signage and nothing about the plans to demolish the property. I am really surprised by the application. The building has sash windows and high chimney pots, so just needs a bit of money spending to spruce it up a bit. I am not against new property being built but to demolish old Stapenhill perplexes me. They are lovely Victorian buildings."
A report to East Staffordshire Borough Council outlined the benefits of the new plans, such as the provision of new smaller homes with private gardens and off-road parking will contribute to meeting council's housing requirements.
It will enhance the current housing stock of the district and the proposal will provide homes within close proximity to Burton town centre, the redevelopment of Drakelow Power Station site, Barton Industrial Estate, along with Derby and Lichfield the major local mixed employment areas within good access and connectivity to the transport network to the site.