A PROBE has been launched into whether an empty pub was demolished without planning permission.
The Cross Keys in Derby Road, Heanor, was bulldozed last month and a planning application to build seven new homes has now been submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council.
Labour councillor Paul Jones has complained to the borough council about the demolition, with the authority now checking whether planning permission was needed to knock it down.
Isle of Man company DHOW NWI Trading Ltd has submitted the homes application, which will be considered by planning board councillors in the new year.
Cllr Jones said he was shocked to hear the pub had been demolished and he would be meeting with local residents to oppose the homes development.
He said: “We have to ensure that every effort has been made to try and make any vacant pubs a viable business before alternative use is made of it.
“These are community buildings after all and we should not sit back and let them be destroyed. I have asked the council to take action.”
The homes application, is for three two-bedroom and four three-bedroom houses at the junction of Nook End Road and Derby Road.
In March this year a proposal to build four houses and seven flats on the site was withdrawn after a petition from Admiral Close residents concerned the development would overshadow them.
The News tried to contact DHOW, and its Nottingham-based agents KB Architecture, but did not receive a response before going to Press.
A council spokesman said it was investigating if any breach of the planning rules has occurred.
The Cross Keys site is near the closed Memory Lane pub also in Derby Road, for where a plan has also been submitted – turn to Page 18.