End of the line for the Nelthorpe Arms pub in Brigg as homes proposal is approved

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Aug 2018

An historic Brigg pub can be converted into three houses after plans were formally approved.

The Nelthorpe Arms, which dates back to the 18th century, served its last customers on May 27 after its owners had revealed proposals to turn the pub into housing.

And now, the plans have been given the go-ahead by councillors on North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee.

In a meeting at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe yesterday, the scheme to change the use of the Grade II listed Bridge Street building, which also includes creating associated parking, was granted subject to a range of conditions.

Listed building consent for the proposal was also granted.

Plans to convert the Nelthorpe Arms into housing were first revealed by owners Harriton Beracha Ltd in April, with a design and access statement submitted with the application saying the pub was operating at losses which "cannot be sustained".

It said: "It is clear that the business is not viable despite being given more than enough chances to prove itself.

"Therefore, a new use has to be found for the building to enable it to survive - something which is very important as it is Grade II-listed.

"The obvious answer is to return it to housing as it lies within the town's development boundary and very close to the centre of the town, making it a very sustainable development."

The application was referred to the council's planning committee on the basis of significant public interest and officers at the authority recommended permission for the change of use should be granted.

Party-goers at the Nelthorpe Arms in Brigg on the pub's final day of trading in May (Image: Nigel Fisher)

The proposal was also supported by Brigg Town Council, although a number of objections were received by North Lincolnshire Council around the loss of the public house.

The Nelthorpe Arms had been a feature of the market town's social life since 1849 and prior to that, the Wheatsheaf and the Greyhound operated from the premises.

The pub's final day of trading saw it sign off with a party and open mic night, with a free buffet for customers.

In recent years, Brigg has lost the Brocklesby Ox on Bridge Street and the Ancholme Inn on Grammar School Road - both replaced by housing development.

But the town can still boast nine hostelries within walking distance of each other.

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