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Spalding's former Robin Hood Inn to be turned into new homes and flats by Pinchbeck carpentry firm




A former Spalding pub that has stood empty for at least three years is set to be turned into new housing.

Pinchbeck carpentry firm Belmont UK is behind plans to convert the Robin Hood Inn, on the corner of Bourne Road and Hawthorn Bank, into a pair of semi-detached homes and six flats.

Planning permission for the conversion was originally granted by South Holland District Council in May 2016.

PUB CONVERSION: Neil Hefford, manager of Belmont UK, outside the Robin Hood Inn, Spalding.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-270219-021TW
PUB CONVERSION: Neil Hefford, manager of Belmont UK, outside the Robin Hood Inn, Spalding.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-270219-021TW

But Belmont UK manager Neil Hefford hopes to take the plans "a little bit further"by fitting the proposed flats and houses with new windows and doors.

Mr Hefford said: "We bought the property in January 2019 and it already has planning permission for a pair of new-build houses on the car park.

"There is also planning permission for the pub to be converted into six flats, each with its own kitchen and bathroom.

PUB CONVERSION: Neil Hefford, of Belmont UK, outside the Robin Hood Inn., SpaldingPhoto (TIM WILSON): SG-270219-020TW
PUB CONVERSION: Neil Hefford, of Belmont UK, outside the Robin Hood Inn., SpaldingPhoto (TIM WILSON): SG-270219-020TW

"But we want to take it a little bit further than that and have applied to the district council for permission to make the flats and houses nicer by putting in new windows and doors.

"We think the original permission was for a cheap conversion of the property so we've gone back to the district council with an application to smarten it up properly so that it looks brand new."

The Robin Hood Inn is thought to date back to the 19th century and in more recent years, the pub race nights, quizzes, bingo, darts and music, including Party in the Car Park in May 2012.

But the pub has stood empty since 2015, despite a community effort in that year to save it from closure.

Mr Hefford said: "Neighbours of the pub are interested in what we're doing and five or six people have approached me, saying that people were dumping rubbish at the site.

"They said it had become a dumping ground and wanted to know what was going on because they want the site to be smartened up.

"We've stripped the place out to get it tidy which is something different for Belmont because the work we do is to a high standard.

"Taking on something like the Robin Hood pub is a bit unique for us and we intend to spend the next year redeveloping it to make it nicer, rather than an eyesore."


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