Northamptonshire pub could be turned into housing if application approved

The Fox and Hounds in Wellingborough
The Fox and Hounds in Wellingborough

Permission is being sought to allow a pub to be turned into housing.

The application for a change of use from public house to residential is for the Fox And Hounds in Gold Street, Wellingborough.

Documents submitted as part of the application say the pub is not making a profit and two other pubs in the same road have already closed and been turned into housing.

A letter signed by Chris Smart and Jackie English, which has been submitted as part of the application, states: “The pub is not trading at a profit, it has not for many years, the freeholder Jackie English has been in the business for 30 years and cannot make this work.

“The business has been up for sale for 2.5 years and no-one has taken an interest as a pub or anything of that nature.

“There were two previous public houses on Gold Street, the Railway Club and Dun Cow which have since closed and been knocked down and replaced with apartments.

“It will be in the best interest of the building and the owner for this pub to be a residential dwelling as it is in keeping with the area plus it is Grade II listed and it needs a home owner to appreciate the history of this property.”

Wellingborough Council will now consider the application for a change of use for the former pub site.

It comes after the Northants Telegraph reported last month that work had started on turning the former Railway Club site off Broad Green into a new development of 48 flats named Mitchell Court.

A total of 26 flats have been built where the Dun Cow pub used to stand in Gold Street and they welcomed their first occupants at the end of 2014.

For more information about the proposal for the Fox and Hounds pub, search for WP/16/00063/FUL on the planning page of the council’s website at