Yapton’s oldest pub may face axe to make way for new homes

THE oldest-surviving pub in Yapton could be demolished to make way for new homes.

The 14 dwellings at the Lamb Inn have been proposed as part of a redevelopment of the building and its site.

Orchard Homes and Developments and Punch Taverns wants planning permission from Arun District Council to develop the 0.34 hectare site in Bilsham Road.

All the homes would be two storey, and would be made up of two, three and four bed properties.

Two of them would be affordable homes.

There would also be room for 32 cars with a mix of garages, car ports and spaces.

A statement by Stuart Goodwill of the company’s planning agent says: “The proposed development offers an ideal opportunity to provide family housing on a brown field site and would help remove some of the pressure facing Yapton and its surrounding green fields.

“The historic use of the site has been as a family public house and previous to that, presumably farm land.

“The architectural merit of the original building has been compromised by later extensions.”

The applicant says a recent development of 59 houses to the rear of the public house makes the site residential by nature.

“The scheme has been designed to ensure each dwelling is unique and distinctive to reflect the character of Yapton.”

It added all dwellings are appropriate to the site’s edge-of-village location and sympathetic to the scale and massing of the houses in Yapton.

The site has two bus stops close by and is within walking distance of shops and local amenities in the centre of the village.

The Lamb Inn has been at the entrance to the village for more than 200 years, initially as a Farmer’s Cottage, but for over 140 years as a public house.

The pub remains open for business and its kitchens are currently been refurbished.