Plans to convert vacant village pub near Peterborough into housing scrapped

The Black Swan, in Farcet
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A vacant village pub on the outskirts of Peterborough will no longer be converted into housing after plans were scrapped. The Black Swan, in Farcet, closed its doors in 2017.

Plans were since put forward to transform and extend the pub into a new house. They also involve the construction of two new-build properties on Main Street.

The proposals were submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council in September 2023, six years after the pub closed down. Each house was due to include areas for circulation, dining, living, kitchen, study, utility, and bedrooms with en-suite provision.

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In a design and access statement, the applicants said that challenging trading conditions, the location and competition from other venues meant the pub was no longer viable. They added that the site would be suitable for a new residential development.

It read: "The challenges facing public houses are well documented. These have been exacerbated by Covid-19 lockdowns and latterly by both the cost of living crisis, increasing wage costs, staff shortages and Bank of England lending rates.

"All of these factors mean that lenders are scrutinising loans into public houses more closely and over the last six or nine months, they have become increasingly unwilling to undertake new lending. As the public house has been closed for a long period of time, its interior has deteriorated and it would take a substantial up-front investment to reopen it even if a new buyer can be found.

"This is combined with the unfavourable location of the Black Swan. Whilst the public house is on Main Street, it is not located within the heart of Farcet and is not on the main road network. It also faces competition from other public houses in Yaxley and Peterborough.

"It would not be viable to re-open it as a public house. As such, its conversion to a residential dwelling is considered to be appropriate. The scale and pattern of development proposed is assessed as being in keeping with the character of the area and will make efficient use of the land."

The application was confirmed to have been withdrawn on June 17, 2024. It is currently unknown whether the plans will be revised and resubmitted.

To view the plans in full, visit the district council's planning portal, using the reference 23/01760/FUL, or click here.

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