Desborough pub will be converted into Costa Coffee

GV The Kings Arms pub, Desborough ENGNNL00120121006220359

GV The Kings Arms pub, Desborough ENGNNL00120121006220359

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A historic Desborough pub will be converted into a Costa Coffee after planning permission was approved.

The vacant Kings Arms pub in High Street was the subject of a planning application from Gerrys Offshore Incorporations Limited.

It wanted to re-fit the pub, which was built in about 1700, and erect illuminated Costa Coffee signs outside.

But as the pub was Grade II Listed it had to get consent from Kettering Council, which was granted earlier this month.

A Kettering Council officer’s report said: “It is considered that there will be no substantial harm to the significance of the Listed Building or to the historic fabric.”

News of the application drew a mixed response from Northants Telegraph readers on social media.

Many were happy that a big chain was coming to the town but others felt it was the loss of a historic building.

But the plans drew no formal objection from either Desborough Town Council or neighbours.