Pub may put end to village dry spell

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A PUB could finally be built in a village deprived of a local drinking hole for more than a decade.

When construction started on Mawsley village in 2001, developers Taylor Wimpey set aside a plot on the corner of The Green, School Road and Mawsley Chase for a pub.

Villagers were angry when in 2010, unable to sell it as a pub site, the company applied for planning permission to build eight houses there instead.

After the application was refused Taylor Wimpey sold the site to Mawsley Taverns and this week a new sign has appeared, again billing it as a plot for a village pub. The move could spell good news for villagers, many of who campaigned against plans to build houses on the site.

Bob Littler, chairman of Mawsley Parish Council, said: “It’s good news because this is what the village wants.

“I think everyone in the village is happy to see the site turned into a pub, that is why we fought so hard to stop houses being built there.”

Taylor Wimpey asked for planning permission to build houses on the site after no provider came forward to deliver a pub in the village’s first nine years.

A special meeting had to be held in 2010 for councillors to explain why they had refused the housing plans, after Kettering Council’s planning committee failed to give an official lawful reason.

The original planning permission granted for the pub site has since expired.

However it is thought a fresh application would be approved.

The plot is being auctioned through selling agent Christie and Co.