‘Redundant’ Kettering pub set to be demolished

The Leather Craftsman.
The Leather Craftsman.
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A Kettering pub looks set to be demolished and turned into bungalows.

The Leather Craftsman in St Stephen’s Road is the subject of a planning application by Seagrave Developments.

If approved, the pub would be bulldozed and six semi-detached two-bedroom bungalows would be built on the site.

A planning document said the pub was simply ‘not viable’ due to changing drinking habits and the smoking ban.

The document reads: “The justification for the demolition of the redundant public house and change of use to residential is mainly down to the demise of many public houses within towns and cities due the change in drinking habits and the smoking ban.

“The public house has been through several tenants in recent years and has continued to fail to the point where the owners have felt the need to close the business.

“A second factor is that the larger public house with more facilities on the same estate has recently had a refit and taken the majority of the share of trade for the estate.

“The owners recently sold off part of the car park for development in order to fund the business, but this appears to have also been unsuccessful.

“We understand that several of the previous tenants have been forced to close due to diminished incomes and rising costs which has left the site unviable as a public house, and has now been sold off for redevelopment.”

A decision could be made by May 9.

To view the plans, click here.