Former landlord launches bid to save the Nelthorpe Arms from being converted into housing

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Jul 2018

A former pub landlord has made a bid to save his village local from being converted into homes.

Gavin Richards, 37, has applied to North Lincolnshire Council to reopen the Nelthorpe Arms in School Lane, South Ferriby.

The application comes five years after Gavin surrendered the lease following a nine-year tenure behind the bar of the Nelthorpe.

The village local, named after the Scawby-based family of landowners, was sold in 2016 by the owners at the Ei Group at an auction to a local property developer and was earmarked for residential development.

When the pub closed, Gavin became the licensee at the nearby village hall, which has a licence to sell beer.

The Nelthorpe Arms in South Ferriby, which was earmarked for residential development (Image: David Haber)

If the Arms is allowed to reopen, Gavin is proposing to serve beer from 10.30am to 11.30pm, seven days a week.

In 2013, drinkers in South Ferriby faced a drought when both the Nelthorpe and the village’s other pub, The Hope and Anchor, closed due to severe flood damage.

The Anchor was rescued when TV chef Colin McGurran bought the freehold and has since gone on to be recognised as Lincolnshire's best pub as part of a contest run by the Pub and Bar magazine earlier this year.

Objectors to the Nelthorpe plans have been given until July 15 to make their views known in writing to the council.

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