A derelict pub in Hove is to be pulled down and replaced by 33 homes if planning permission is granted next week.
Ten terraced houses and a block of 23 flats are planned on the site of the Downsman, in Hangleton Way. The distinctive green-roofed pub opened in 1956 and closed three years ago.
Enterprise Inns blamed poor trading but the former landlord blamed Enterprise for ramping up its charges.
The pub was designated an “asset of community value” in July 2015 – and the developers plan to include community space on the ground floor of the proposed flats.
The two terraces of two-storey houses will include four two-bedroom homes and six with three bedrooms.
The flats will be in a four-storey block, including a couple of penthouse flats on the top two floors.
Officials are advising councillors to approve the planning application at a meeting at Hove Town Hall next Wednesday (11 October).
The one-acre site includes the scruffy neighbouring field where horses were once kept.
A report to councillors said: “Concerns have been raised over the potential for the loss of the existing recycling facility at the south of the site.
“However, this is outside the boundary of the site and so cannot be considered here.
“The proposed buildings would result in some additional overshadowing and overlooking of neighbouring properties.
“However, subject to conditions for obscure glazing and details of balcony screening, significant harm would not be caused.”
Only one letter of objection has been received by Brighton and Hove City Council. It said that too many properties were being squeezed on to the site and would lead to a detrimental increase in traffic and extra pressure on local schools and doctors.
As well as a ground-floor community space, the scheme includes 33 car parking spaces, including for disabled and electric cars, and 68 parking spaces for bikes.
Thirteen of the 33 properties – or about 40 per cent – are intended to be “affordable” although only three would be for rent. The rest would be for shared ownership.
Council policy is for a more even mix of affordable homes for rent and shared ownership although officials are prepared to accept the developer’s proposal.
The developer would be expected to make financial contributions totalling more than £180,000 towards open space and recreation, local schools, an employment scheme and sustainable transport.
The applicants are the Southern Housing Group, Perth Securities, Colin Thomas and John Bacon.
The scheme is due to be considered by the council’s Planning Committee at its monthly meeting which is scheduled to start at 2pm next Wednesday. The meeting is open to the public.