The plan to build a pub at the new Redhouse Village Centre suffered a severe setback just days before the scheme was to be considered by Swindon Council’s planning committee in early July.
Marstons Inns and Taverns were selected by landowners Crest Nicholson to build the pub on Millgrove Street and had an Easter 2009 completion date in mind. However things changed at the last moment.
Acquisitions manager Steve Roberts said, “the plans for a Marston’s Inns and Taverns Pub in Redhouse Village have regretfully been withdrawn due to unexpectedly high development costs.”
Abbey Meads councillor Justin Tomlinson was surprised by the decision when told by The Link. “It is extremely disappointing. However despite the economic uncertainty I believe this is still an extremely attractive location, with a large catchment area ideal to alternative operators.
“I believe Crest had three pub groups vying for the site, so I have my fingers crossed that there will again be keen interest in Redhouse.
“As ever, I will be doing all I can to help push this for fellow local residents as a pub is a much needed local facility.”
Swindon brewer and pub operator Arkells were known to be interested in the site, to add to their North Swindon pubs at Taw Hill and St Andrew’s Ridge. MD James Arkells was not available for comment.