Plans to build a 51-bedroom care home on a village pub site have been rejected.
Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee turned down the application for the former Old Bull & Butcher, in Oxford Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, to be demolished and a care home built in its place.
The care home was expected to employ around 28 members of staff.
The plans were deemed ‘inappropriate’ as the site is in a green belt area, meaning developments are usually only approved in special circumstances.
It was also said that the building’s proposed design was not in keeping with the area’s style and would have been ‘obtrusive’. But Ryton on Dunsmore Parish Council chairman, Ian Spires, said it was a very disappointing decision.
“There aren’t any care homes in this area and there aren’t enough in Warwickshire,” he said.
“So this development would have brought a whole range of benefits to the area.
“Our Parish Plan stated that more than 80 per cent of the community said we needed a care home here, so we are very disappointed that these plans have been refused and the land will remain derelict for even longer.”
Mr Spires said the care home would have offered jobs to local people, made good use of a derelict site, and improved the look of the area.
The Old Bull & Butcher pub had suffered at the hands of vandals in the past.
Mr Spires said: “This site has been a magnet for bad behaviour but a care home could have changed all that and they are manned 24-7. The pub was targeted by vandals and in the end the owner decided to close it.
“This was a chance to do something productive with the space and it would have provided benefits for the whole area.”