PLANS to transform a ‘dilapidated’ Altrincham pub into a family home have split the local community.

Sixteen people have written to Trafford Council and objected to the redevelopment of the Bay Malton in Seamons Road.

They argued the pub has been the main source of gatherings and entertainment for those living in the area.

“It was a place where people met and socialised,” wrote an objector.

“So many pubs are being demolished and converted into houses – and it’s beyond me why anyone would want this one.”

“I fear in time it will be regretted.”

However, the authority received seven letters from residents backing the scheme.

Neighbours say they welcome the redevelopment because it will stop the derelict property being continuously vandalised.

“I’m happy to support the renovation of this building, which is dilapidated and has been vandalised over the years,” wrote a resident.

“The return of the public house is just as fanciful idea as hundreds of establishments close each month.”

A planning report stated that last year the authority designated the pub a ‘community asset’, which gave residents the right to purchase the building.

“However, the site was subsequently marketed for buyers as the community was unable to take ownership – and the plot was sold to a private buyer,” the report read.

“Although the loss of this community asset is regrettable, the site was marketed in line with policy and this loss is considered to be acceptable.”

The report continued: “The building has not been used as a pub for a number of years, despite permission being granted for its renovation, and it seems unlikely that it would return to this.”

The proposal is to transform the former pub into a substantial family home.

Planning documents state there will be no external alterations to the main building.

However, the car park would be altered to form a private drive and the existing beer garden would provide amenity space.

“The works would see the erection of a new front boundary wall along Seamons Road with new access gates and pillars,” reads the report.

Council planning officers have recommended the application to be approved.