It’s been closed for 21 years, but bulldog spirit has finally seen an agreement made towards the re-opening of a coaching inn at Long Sutton that was once the haunt of Dick Turpin.
Jan Von Draczek is celebrating this week after 10 years of delays in getting his vision for the 18th century Grade 11 listed Bull Hotel off the ground.
Last week, plans to extend and refurbish the hotel and build 39 homes nearby were approved by South Holland’s planning committee.
Korvin Developments application for the hotel and the new homes was recommended for approval by district council planning officers, despite an objection from English Heritage regarding a proposed conservatory and claims the homes would harm the appearance of the conservation area.
Mr Von Draczek said: “Planning permission will allow my company to attract development funding to start this long-awaited project.
“The overall dynamics of this development is regeneration, with the land overlooking Winfrey Park completely transformed into an amazing apartments scheme, like nothing south Lincolnshire has ever seen before.
“The Bull Hotel is a large building that can cater for weddings, conferences and events, which will attract visitors and tourists to Long Sutton’s Market Place and will, in time, only benefit other shop owners and businesses.
“The hotel will create much-needed employment. Millions of pounds of privately raised investment will be injected in the centre of Long Sutton, which will help create a vibrancy that has been missing for decades.
“Due to this year’s delays, we are another year behind schedule and the next step will take between six to eight months to raise the development funding.
“So I am asking the residents of Long Sutton to be patient, as I have had to be, and in time this will get under way (as long as there is not another global financial crisis).”
Permission was granted subject to a Section 106 agreement requiring refurbishment to the hotel being started prior to the occupation of 26 dwellings and completed before the occupation of 36 dwellings.
The dwellings will subsidise the refurbishment of the hotel.
Mr Von Draczek said: “It is clear pubs cannot make a profit purely by selling beer alone. Anyone that thinks a cheap refurbishment with a lick of paint is called interior design is sadly deluded. Creativity and imagination, not to mention a healthy budget, is something we intend to invest into the Bull Hotel in order to create a very local distinctive brand that will promote all the best characteristics of the Wash and Fens.”
Mr Von Draczek said he would like to thank everyone who has supported him over the years, including residents of Long Sutton, the Civic Society, the Market Traders Association, shop owners, land owners, Father Jonathan Sibley, the Parish Council, district councillors, friend and family.
He said: “Thank you for encouraging me to remain positive during the dark years and I look forward to starting this very important project.
“I am glad and proud to live and work locally and to put something back in society that will have been achieved through positivity and something of the bulldog spirit in not accepting no for an answer.”