Revised plans for empty Surfleet pub to be converted into two houses

Revised plans to transform an empty village pub into residential homes have been submitted to South Holland District Council. After closing at the start of coronavirus pandemic, initial plans to convert The Mermaid Inn in Surfleet into five apartments were approved by the council’s planning committee.

However, there was no interest in the development, prompting discussions that have led to altering the plans to provide two semi-detached, three-bedroom dwellings. A meeting between conservation officers and building control determined that the new proposal would be more beneficial to the building and the surrounding area.

The documents state: “The proposed scheme will be in character with the area of Surfleet and the change of use will have no effect on the design and scale of the building. This proposed development would have a lesser impact on the area as opposed to the 5 apartments approved under H17-0898-21.

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“Other than the installation of a new door on the rear elevation there will be no external changes to the building or external areas.”

When the plans were first submitted in January 2023, planning documents revealed that the pub had been running at a loss for the previous four years due to rising utility bills and had been subsidised by the owners through their farming business.

One statement read: “It is easy for locals to assume that a full car park two or three times a week means the owner is making a mint”, but added that large numbers of staff were needed to run the pub.

“There were many days when there were only six cars in the car park.”

The riverside property was eventually put on the market with an asking price of around £700,000, but the highest offer received was reportedly only £500,000.

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