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Former Cambridgeshire pub and guest house to be converted into seven homes

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A former pub and guest house on the A10 in Cambridgeshire is to become seven new homes.

The Travellers Rest, in Chittering, north of Waterbeach and south of Stretham, has been unable to become a “successful” business since 2006.

The Travellers Rest at Chittering (52684596)
The Travellers Rest at Chittering (52684596)

Plans have been approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council to convert the pub and “motel-style guest house” into three houses and four one-bedroom flats.

The application was submitted to the district council by the owners of the Chittering Park Caravan and Camp site, which is based next to the former pub.

In documents submitted as part of the planning application, the building was described as currently being in a “poor state of repair”.

It said: “[The pub] was last fully refurbished over 10 years ago, but the building has suffered from the effects of a series of short lived tenants making low budget alterations to the pub and exterior.

“The public house is in need of significant investment simply to improve its exterior condition on this prominent site.”

It added: “The Travellers Rest public house has been through many changes of tenancy and management in efforts to find an economically sustainable use.

“It has effectively been closed for many years.

“Despite a major refurbishment and maximising its potential through the construction of eight guest rooms, the business went into receivership in April 2011. Attempts at revival have been unsuccessful.”

Under the plans the main building of the pub will be converted into three homes, with either two or three bedrooms on the first floor, and an enclosed rear ‘courtyard style’ garden.

The four one-bedroom flats will be created in the motel rooms, with each apartment planned to be formed from two of the existing motel rooms.

There will also be 14 car parking spaces provided, including disabled parking spaces.

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