Isham village pub could be turned into coffee shop

The Monk and Minstrel pub in Isham
The Monk and Minstrel pub in Isham

The site of a village pub could be turned into a coffee shop and housing if plans are given the go-ahead.

An application has been submitted for the site of the Monk and Minstrel pub, which has been closed for some time, to have a coffee shop and five detached houses.

The developer wants to sub-divide the site in Kettering Road, Isham, and while retaining the existing pub building with a separate parking and servicing area at the side, it also wants to build five houses with garages.

But the plans, which will be considered by Wellingborough Council, have attracted opposition.

One resident has contacted the authority with his concerns, stating: “Parking in the bus lay-by both sides of the road is always an issue and with a small car park proposed for the development I would be concerned that the problem would only increase.

“The road is busy at the quietist of times.

“A coffee shop which would be open in the rush hours and school coming and going times would increase the risk to all who pass or use this site.  

“With the agreed planning permission granted for the land opposite this site traffic issues are a great concern.

“As a public house the opening times did not clash with the peak traffic times, this would not be the case as a coffee shop.”

Another resident contacted the council to raise numerous concerns about the plans.

The letter states: “Since the Monk and Minstrel car park has been fenced off, and we fully understand the reasons why, it has clearly highlighted a problem with people pulling into the bus lay-by and blocking access onto the access road for vehicles to get in and out of.

“With your proposed application for five houses and a coffee shop, this will increase the volume of traffic, members of the public will naturally use the coffee shop car park and the new proposed road for parking, for the school run, local shop, dog walkers parking to take their pets for a walk on the fields and when no parking is available they will use the access road.”

The objector added that they think the proposal is ‘over-developing’ the site.

To see the application in full, go to the planning portal at and search for WP/15/00304/FUL.