New plans for flats and a hall at a Yapton pub

FRESH plans have been revealed to convert a vacant pub into housing.

Boundstone Developments wants to create six flats and a gospel hall on the site of the Olive Branch in Yapton.

The company has put forward revised plans for the North End Road location after its original proposals last year were withdrawn.

The current scheme features the demolition of the outbuilding and lean-to shelter and the conversion and extension of the pub into five flats. An extra flat will be built above the garages. The gospel hall will be built in the site’s north-east corner. A statement by Naomi Harris, Boundstone’s planning agent, says a viability report shows it is extremely unlikely the Olive Branch could survive.

“It explains that pubs such as the Olive Branch have suffered more than most due to the small customer trading area and inability to benefit from the economies of scale that larger operations can achieve,” she said.

“The report explains the pub has had a series of tenant failures over a period of eight years, as well as periods of closure.”

The gospel hall would be used on Sundays by some 30-50 villagers for about one-and-a-half hours a meeting. It would also be used on Monday evenings by the same number and on some Fridays.