Council say pub in Milton Keynes should be demolished to make way for housing

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Council officers are recommending that an estate’s pub be demolished to make way for new housing.

The move to bulldoze the Suffolk Punch at Heelands comes despite a two-year battle and objections from ward councillors and many residents.

High Street Homes’ planning application to build 27 houses and a community hall will be considered by the development control committee on March 9.

Already officers have recommended it be granted subject to conditions.

These conditions insist High Street Homes pay £75,000 towards local affordable housing.

Officers say the proposed community hall will compensate for the loss of a central hub and public amenity on the estate.