George and Dragon pub in Billingborough to become houses

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The conversion of a 17th Century pub in Billingborough into housing was approved by SKDC’s development control committee on Tuesday, but not before a debate on the loss of community facilities.

Full planning permission and listed building consent was given to convert the Grade II listed pub on Victoria Street into five houses.

During the debate to determine the application, Coun Michael King warned about the increasing tendency for commercial buildings to be turned into domestic premises, and said: “If this goes ahead there will be only one pub in Billingborough.”

After citing other recent change of use examples in the village, as well as highlighting planning policy which recommends against turning commerical buildings into residential, Coun King added: “We must have the strength of our convictions in our own policy.”