Plans to redevelop site of former Isham pub could be approved tonight

Signs for the Bear & Beignet have gone up on the former Monk & Minstrel pub in Isham
Signs for the Bear & Beignet have gone up on the former Monk & Minstrel pub in Isham

The site of a village pub could be given a new lease of life if plans are given the go-ahead tonight (Wednesday).

Revised plans for the site of the Monk and Minstrel pub, which has been closed for some time, will be considered by Wellingborough Council’s planning committee tonight.

An application was originally submitted to retain the public house and convert it into a cafe alongside the erection of five detached dwellings within the site.

However, concerns were raised over access to the site and an amended scheme has since been proposed.

The new proposal is for converting the pub to three self-contained flats (the upper floor already provides residential accommodation for the drinking establishment) and the construction of five detached dwellings with garages on the rest of the site.

A number of people living nearby have raised concerns over the plans, including loss of the pub, over-development, unsatisfactory access arrangements, insufficient parking provision and increased traffic.

But the recommendation by planning officers is to approve the plans with conditions.

A report on the plans states: “The proposal would bring a vacant site into productive use and as it is a brownfield site, it is suitable for redevelopment which contributes to increasing the housing stock in the borough.”

Signs have recently gone up on the former pub building for the Bear and Beignet, advertising coffee rooms, brew bar and drop bakery.

To find out if the amended application is approved, follow reporter @weaver_steph on Twitter tonight.

She will be covering the meeting starting at 7pm at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.