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A former Fenland pub could be knocked down and replaced by homes after attempts to find a buyer willing to keep it own failed.

Paul Farenden, who bought the Woadmans Arms in Newton-In-The-Isle, in August this year,has applied to demolish the pub and replace it with four three-bedroom houses claiming it is the only viable option.

The pub was closed for a number of years before Mr Farenden bought.

There are plans to demolish the Woadman's Arms and replace it with four homes. Photo: Sydney Phillips Property Specialists. (43418617)
There are plans to demolish the Woadman's Arms and replace it with four homes. Photo: Sydney Phillips Property Specialists. (43418617)

A design and access statement submitted alongside the application explains the pub needs to be demolished as it is not financially viable to convert the building.

Drawn up by ET Planning, town planning consultancy, the statement claims the proposed development "sensitively responds to the surrounding context of the site".

It also says the aim is to build two sets of two semi-detached properties, which the statement claims "provides diversity within the street scene reflecting the range of the dwelling types within the surrounding area".

There are plans to demolish the Woadman's Arms and replace it with four homes. Photo: Sydney Phillips Property Specialists. (43418619)
There are plans to demolish the Woadman's Arms and replace it with four homes. Photo: Sydney Phillips Property Specialists. (43418619)

And adds: "The proposed semi detached property is designed to reflect that of the existing public house (to be demolished), so that a consistent feature is provided within the streetscene. The design has been influenced by reusing features from the existing public house.

"For example, the width of the existing two storey section along with eaves detailing, brick type, and window sizes are all consistent with the existing property."

Also included in the design and access statement is an outline of the efforts made by property agent Sydney Phillips to sell the public house as a pub.

In the just over six months the property was for sale there were 14 viewings, but says the report "the majority of interest was in doing a residential scheme. The feedback received was that a conversion of the pub to residential was found not be cost effective".

Three potential buyers expressed interest in retaining the Woadmans as a pub but none of them made an offer on the property.

Attempts had also been made, says the report, to lease the pub between 2013 and 2017, but without any interest.

Local councillor Michael Humphrey, who has commented on the application, said he was unconvinced the property had been "marketed well" and claimed there had been no local advertising, with the pub instead being marketed online and within the trade press.

He said: "Surely local village pubs normally go to local people. I also take issue with the price, this should have been available to local interested parties for an affordable price to maintain it as a village pub.”

Local resident Jan Adams, who has also commented, said she was concerned at the apparent lack of a turning point meaning vehicles would not be able to drive on/off their driveways in a forward gear.

She feared this could lead to accidents happening pointing out the site is close to two blind bends.



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