DEVELOPERS behind twice-rejected plans to demolish the former Greyhound pub in Rock Hill say they are committed to building new homes on the site.

Greyhound Inn Developments Ltd, part of Catesby Property Group, says it is 'pressing ahead' with plans to build 505 new houses in the area, despite Bromsgrove Planning Committee's decision last Monday to refuse permission for the pub's demolition.

Catesby's existing homes plan, which comprises 490 new dwellings off Whitford Road and 15 homes and a roundabout in place of the pub, is pending consideration by the committee.

Since its closure in April 2016, the Greyhound has been subject to numerous break-ins, incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour, with police reportedly called to the site six times in August alone.

West Mercia Police confirmed Safer Neighbourhood Teams were aware of the issue and are continuing to patrol Rock Hill as part of its regular routes.

Catesby denied ward member Cllr Luke Mallet's claims that developers had failed to ensure the building's safety.

Planning director David Morris said: "We are disappointed by the decision of the planning committee not to follow the Planning Officer’s recommendations that the benefits of demolishing the building outweigh any benefits of retaining it.

“We are also disappointed with subsequent comments regarding the security of the site.

"Since purchasing the property 18 months ago and with the full support of West Mercia Police, we have secured the property in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation.

"The property is secured with metal boards to the rear and West Mercia Police do not object to the demolition of the building, which will remove an unsightly blot from the street scene and benefit those living in close proximity to the pub.”

Catesby says it is anticipating to appear again before Bromsgrove planners early next year.