PROPOSALS to demolish a pub on the edge of the town centre to make way for new housing have been refused by planning bosses.

Ismail Ghandour had applied to demolish The Fitzwilliam Inn on the junction of Fitzwilliam Street and Sackville Street and build six three-storey terraced houses.

The pub - which has been closed for several years - was built in 1880.

The application said the pub stopped trading in 2005, was boarded up and in a poor state of repair and suffering from historic substance damage.

But the council's planning board felt the development would cause an unacceptable loss of privacy to houses on Coalby Walk because its height, design and orientation.