Corby social club may be demolished

Club 2000
Club 2000

Plans are in the pipeline to demolish an estate social club and a village pub to make way for new homes.

If approved, planning applications lodged with Corby Council to knock down Club 2000 in Counts Farm Road and another to demolish the Cardigan Arms pub, Stanion, would pave the way for two new developments.

Terrence Hodgkins Associates of Thrapston, acting for MNC Housing, has applied to the council to build 20 homes on the site of the social club on the Exeter estate.

It is proposed to build two one-bedroom flats, nine two-bedroom flats, five two-bedroom homes and four three-bedroom properties.

A report to the borough council from the firm of architects says: “The applicant is the owner of Club 2000 in Counts Farm Road.

“The building was previously used as a community centre which was relocated to the adjacent plot in 2000 at which time the club was created.

“Having enjoyed popularity in the past the support for the club is now dwindling due to a general change in the habit of the drinking public and the introduction of the smoking ban.

“The club is no longer profitable and is in need of considerable refurbishment.

“Unfortunately the need for a community-based establishment, selling alcohol and providing entertainment no longer exists.

“It is the intention of the applicant to develop the scheme, retain ownership and become a private landlord so that the units can be let out.”

The application stresses that the scheme would provide much-needed homes, especially ground floor and two-bedroom accommodation.

The development would include 30 parking spaces, including three for the disabled, and access would be from Counts Farm Road where there is a 20mph speed limit.

At Stanion, the proposal is to demolish the Cardigan Arms in High Street and build two stone properties and a bungalow.

The original thatched-roof building, thought to have been built in the 18th Century, was destroyed by fire in the 1960s and was rebuilt.

A report says the building is riddled with damp and that it would cost more than £100,000 to repair.

The premises were owned by Admiral Taverns and leased to the late Harry Kelly, of HK Taverns, which has gone into receivership. It says the pub was a loss-making venture which had 14 tenants in the past few years.