Fresh plans unveiled for well-known derelict village pub near Northampton

The original plans were withdrawn following multiple objections from local residents

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 5:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:40 am

Fresh plans have been submitted to convert a village pub near Northampton into houses.

The Bull, in Harpole, has been stood empty and up for sale as a freehold pub for more than a year, and now the director of London-based firm Just Pubs Limited, Terry O'Sullivan has put in another planning application to convert the former wet-led establishment into three homes.

The initial proposals were submitted in February and looked to build four, three-storey semi-detached homes on the pub's car park as well as demolishing parts of the pub and turning the remains of it into a home.

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The Bull in Harpole
The Bull in Harpole

However, these plans were objected to by numerous locals and Mr O'Sullivan said he would be coming back with a revised planning application.

Mr O'Sullivan said back in March when his company withdrew its initial plans: "Yes we are putting in a tailored application. We run a pub estate and unfortunately this pub was no longer financially viable, and as such, there was a viability report included with the application."

Now, the new application submitted is looking to build two, four-bed detached homes on the site and to convert the pub into a five-bed home without demolishing any of it because of the building's 'importance' and 'character' within the village.

The planning papers say: "Overall, it is argued that the pub has been essentially running at a loss for a number of years and that this situation is not going to improve enough to warrant the significant investment needed to allow it to be reopened.

The Bull car park where the two houses could be built

"The assessment by Prospect Archaeology concludes that the pub can be converted and the car park developed without harming the character of the Conservation Area or adversely affect the setting of the nearby listed buildings.

"The assessment goes further and argues the improvements and renovations to the pub building will improve its appearance and the development would enhance the local area."

To view the planning application or to voice any objections, click here.