Meeting sees residents voice opposition against converting Ancaster pub

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The future of Ancaster pub The Ermine Way was the focus of a parish meeting in the village on Tuesday, with residents continuing to express their concerns at plans to turn it into housing.

Parish council chairman David Sayer said: “Most of the people at the meeting wanted to talk about The Ermine Way, and they would like to see it continue to be run as a pub.”

The Ermine Way, Ancaster

The Ermine Way, Ancaster

It comes with the submission of a second application to convert the Victorian building on Ermine Street into homes, with the owners arguing that it is not a viable business.

Earlier this year South Kesteven District Council rejected conversion to create five houses, stating: “It has not been demonstrated that consideration has been given to the re-use of the premises for an alternative community business” and describing it as ‘a cramped form of development’. Applicants Bickford Ltd have since submitted the new plans to turn it into four dwellings.

“We will put forward our opposition again,” added Mr Sayer. “I know that since 2011 there have been three failed landlords, but my view is that it would be successful with the right landlord. It would definitely be sad to see it lost as a local amenity.”