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Plans due to go in shortly for Long Sutton's derelict Bull Hotel

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The people behind plans to breathe new life into a derelict town centre building are hoping to submit plans in the coming weeks.

Owners of The Bull in Long Sutton are still committed to transforming the building and had hoped to lodge a planning application with South Holland District Council before the end of 2021.

Unfortunately the application submission was delayed but it is hoped to be lodged shortly.

The Crown & Woolpack and The Bull, Long Sutton. (54185855)
The Crown & Woolpack and The Bull, Long Sutton. (54185855)

Planning application agent Alan Finch said the delay was due to workload issues and wishes to reassure townspeople that change will happen.

He said: “It has been delayed but there is still an intention to submit a scheme in the next few weeks which will include pre application discussion with the district council.”

The Bull has stood empty at the entrance of Long Sutton’s pretty Market Place for more than 30 years.

But in its heyday, the hotel had welcomed the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who had visited the town.

A regular visitor to The Bull was actor James Robertson Justice, who was well known for roles such as Lord Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Sir Lancelot Spratt in the Doctor movies.

The new owner of The Bull had undertaken some work to secure the site last year following some anti-social behaviour.

A structural engineer was also called in to carry out an inspection to assess the condition of the building ahead of the planning application work.

South Holland district councillor Jack Tyrrell has welcomed the news that the application to sort The Bull will be lodged shortly.

Coun Tyrrell said: “It’s about time.

“I did talk to the owner before Christmas and he did tell me that he is hoping to get the application in. He said he has every intention to get on with it.

“It’s been years and I felt it was never going to get done.

“I am looking forward to seeing the plans. It is exciting stuff.”

Coun Tyrrell also feels that the revamp would make a big difference to the look and feel of the town.

He said: “It will make people feel that the worst part of the town will be getting sorted.

“It has been an eyesore for ages so it will be the nice to see someone that it will get done.”

The 18th century building, which is Grade II listed, has stood empty for many years and there had been a number of planning applications lodged in the past.

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