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Plans to demolish former Pemberton Arms pub in Harston and replace it with Co-op



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Plans have been submitted to demolish the old Pemberton Arms pub in Harston and replace it with a Co-Op.

Similar plans based on refurbishing and expanding the existing structure were approved in May last year, but the most recent planning application says further evidence has shown it is in poor condition.

An artist's impression of the propose Harston Co-Op. Copyright: Andmarc Holding Ltd / Union Architecture Ltd (21696474)
An artist's impression of the propose Harston Co-Op. Copyright: Andmarc Holding Ltd / Union Architecture Ltd (21696474)

The pub, on the junction of High Street and Station Road, closed in October 2015, and was listed as an asset of community value for just under a year, which was then lifted and the applicant bought the site eight days later.

The application, submitted on behalf of Andmarc Holding Limited, said: “It has become apparent that the existing structure is in a generally poor condition.”

It says following further investigations “it became increasingly apparent the previous owners had not adequately maintained the building in accordance with best practice to safeguard its condition”.

The plans are for a new building, two storeys high, incorporating four one-bedroom flats.

The application says the development “will improve the area and provide a benefit to the community. The proposal respects the existing pattern of development and context of the surrounding area, whilst safeguarding neighbouring amenity and greatly improving highway safety”.

The application can expect to face opposition as a number of residents have submitted objections.

The loss of the building for an all new modern structure is the subject of a number of objections, with one residents writing: “The proposal is to remove a historic building and replace it with a cheap, ugly, monstrosity which is completely out of character with the rest of the high street frontage.”

Another objection reads: “Co-op have owned the Pemberton Arms for three years and have let it fall into disrepair”.

No date has yet been set to decide the planning application.

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