Shop plans for ‘unviable’ Wimblington pub

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An “unviable” village pub could be converted into a shop if new plans are agreed.

Marston’s Estates have applied to Fenland District Council to change the use of The Anchor Inn, Norfolk Street, Wimblington.

The application states: “The public house has been identified as being unviable and surplus to requirements and consequently is being brought forward for conversion to a local needs food retail store, with associated extension, external alterations and associated site works.”

Marston’s are also hoping to add an extension onto the building along with re-configuring the car park.

The firm says that the plan could create 22 new jobs if approved.

The planning statement adds: “The property was purchased by the applicant in 2007 and since then it has been the subject of several difference tenant agreements and no consistency to the rental levels.

“Historically the pub has served the needs of the village, however due to modern changes to the demographics the local population use the pub infrequently, making it non-viable.”

n Plans have also been lodged to extend the cemetery at Parson Drove. Space is running out at the burial ground at Emmanuel Church, so the parish council has now applied to extend the cemetery into an adjoining field.

The application states: “The site was originally farm land which was then set aside for the future extension of the burial ground.”

n The district council has also received plans from Lidl to extend its store and car park in Cromwell Road, Wisbech.

n The College of West Anglia has also applied to create an assault course at its Wisbech campus.

The fitness trail has been designed to allow CWA uniformed services students to train on-site.

If the application is successful, it is hoped the course will be open to students by Easter.