The Old Plough in Braunston could become a house
Plans to convert a pub into a four-bedroom house have been resubmitted after several months of trying to sell the business as a ‘going concern’.
The Old Plough in Oakham Road, Braunston, has been on the market since 2018 but failed to attract a freehold buyer before the pandemic, despite the price dropping from £750,000 to £595,000.
It also failed to sell at auction in December 2019 and, like other premises, was forced to stop trading when the lockdowns began in March 2020.
Members of Braunston Parish Council had opposed an earlier application by the owner, Charles Boote of Staffordshire-based Field Inns, to turn the property into a house and build a second in part of the car park.
But now it is more resigned to the change.
Jim Atack, from the parish council, said: “We would naturally prefer that the pub was returned to being a successful hotel and restaurant.
“We couldn’t make the case to invest in it as an ‘asset of community value’ since it would take too much capital to upgrade it to a sufficient standard, and there is another pub in the village.
“So, a change of use seems sadly inevitable, given the time it has been on the market as a ‘going concern’ pub.”
He added that the proposal submitted to Rutland County Council earlier last year “seemed to be over-development of the site” but that the revised application “seems more appropriate to its size and location”.
The parish council will be calling on the planning authority to improve the safety of access from the site onto Oakham Road.
An agent for the pub owner was contacted for comment but had not responded at the time of publication.