Plans submitted to demolish former Whittlesey pub and build 35 sheltered homes in its place

The Bricklayers Arms, of Station Road, Whittlesey.

The Bricklayers Arms, of Station Road, Whittlesey. - Credit: Archant

A disused pub in Whittlesey could be demolished and replaced by 35 sheltered homes.

Sheltered accommodation provider McCarthy & Stone has submitted an application to Fenland District Council to knock down the Bricklayers Arms, of Station Road, and build a three-storey block of 35 retirement homes.

Before it shut last December, it had been a traditional working-man’s pub for more than 100 years.

The proposed development would have communal spaces including a residents’ lounge, landscaped gardens and a seating area.

The applicant says: “Located to the South of Whittlesey town centre, the application site lies within easy reach of many local shops and services.

“Whittlesey offers a good variety of shops and services, including banks, cafes/restaurants, a library, newsagents, a post office, a dry cleaners, pharmacies and a cycle shop.

“Private sheltered housing schemes play a vital part in the life of the local communities.

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“The proposed site is located within easy walking distance of the local shops and facilities and this will contribute significantly to retail viability providing additional expenditure within the local community, shops and businesses.”

The development is supported by Cambs Police. However, three neighbours have sent in objections, with one describing it as “over-imposing”.

One neighbour objects to a tree on site being cut down, while another says the development will overlook her and could affect the value of her house.

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