Plan to turn Caythorpe pub into restaurant and bakery is withdrawn

The Waggon and Horses pub in Caythorpe.
The Waggon and Horses pub in Caythorpe.
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Controversial plans to convert a village pub into a restaurant and bakery have been withdrawn.

The plans for the Waggon & Horses at Caythorpe were withdrawn last week by applicant Totemic Property Ltd.

Under the proposals, the Grade II listed pub would be closed and turned into a restaurant and separate bakery. In addition, the car park and gardens would be used for the construction of three homes in a single terrace.

The proposals for the 0.16 hectare site would have involved converting the ground floor of the two-storey building into a restaurant, with the single storey wing to the north converted into a bakery and shop. The upper floor was to be residential use in connection with the ground floor uses.

Caythorpe parish councillor Andy Roberts welcomed the news. He said: “People in the village are very pleased the application has been withdrawn. We now hope there will be investment in the pub. It always used to be extremely popular and it made a good living for the licencees.”

Nobody from Totemic Property Ltd was available this week to comment on why the plans had been withdrawn. Agent Lee Sowerby said the decision had been made after discussions with council officers, but could not say what their plans were for the pub in the future.

Totemic has previously said that the Waggon & Horses is operating at a loss and is not a 
viable business. It said the pub will close without a viable alternative in the near future.