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THE de­mo­li­tion of the former Lough­bor­ough pub The Royal Ge­orge in Not­ting­ham Road, Lough­bor­ough, is com­plete.

Per­mis­sion was granted for the de­mo­li­tion of the build­ing back in March last year.

Devel­op­ers So­lus Homes Ltd plans to re­place the 1930s struc­ture with a new four-storey L-shaped build­ing ac­com­mo­dat­ing a shop and 29 one and two-bed­room flats.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers granted per­mis­sion for the development un­der del­e­gated pow­ers, de­spite ob­jec­tions from lo­cal res­i­dents who claimed the flats would re­sult in a loss of pri­vacy and that the pub was a her­itage as­set and should be pre­served.

But coun­cil of­fi­cers said in their re­port: “Whilst the ex­ist­ing build­ing could be used for its orig­i­nal in­tended use as a pub­lic house, there has been a trend for clo­sure of many of the smaller pub­lic houses out­side of the town cen­tre due to changes in trends in drink­ing out.

“Its use does not lend it­self eas­ily to other uses.”

■ The Royal Ge­orge be­fore the de­mo­li­tion team moved in

■ The site this week

■ An artist im­pres­sion of what a new development could look like

■ Mid-de­mo­li­tion

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