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Plans to convert Gedney Dyke pub into housing have been approved

Planners have approved an application to convert a pub into housing.

Mr G Franklin had applied to South Holland District Council to change the use of The Chequers in Gedney Dyke into housing.
The pub has been closed since 2017 but was placed on the list of community assets the following year following a campaign to retain the bar by villagers.

The Chequers in Gedney Dyke
The Chequers in Gedney Dyke

The application was decided under delegated powers despite objections from residents and MP Sir John Hayes.
The decision report states: “It is recognised that the facility is the only remaining bar/restaurant within the village and that it has not recently been used as a traditional pub/restaurant. It is also noted that a local pub operator and community group have put in offers, albeit well below a minimum valuation provided by the auctioneer/estate agent.
“Against these factors, the settlement is small with restricted immediate population.

“The applicant has indicated that it was not well supported by locals.

"It is not within a popular tourist area and is not well served by public transport. Recent financial accounts indicate that the public house was suffering a financial loss and that it was not financially viable.”

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