A formal campaign has been launched to save the Boar’s Head building from demolition as a result of any future redevelopment on the Cattle Market site.
The Georgian building in Newmarket, which has been recorded as a pub since the early 19th century, is adjacent to the Cattle Market and forms part of the overall site which is currently being considered for sale.
Batemans Brewery, tenants of the building for many years, recently passed the lease back to East Lindsey District Council due to the uncertainty over the site’s future.
ELDC’s Full Council will vote on whether to sell the site to the highest bidder on December 2.
The new campaign group, ‘Save Our Boar’s Head’ (SOBH), has been formed by concerned residents, local councillors, members of the Louth Civic Trust, amongst others.
The group will meet on Wednesday evening (October 28) and a petition is set to be launched in due course.
Group member James Laverack said: “We want to get some sort of protection for the building before it’s too late.
“We don’t want to get to the point where the planning application is in for the demolition. Although it’s a Georgian building from the 18th Century, there’s no additional protection for it.
“It’s just outside the conservation area, so it’s just like any other building and they could put in an application to have it demolished, and there is no extra protection.
“If the scheme goes ahead then presumably the buyers can build around it and still retain the building.
“East Lindsey can either put a covenant on the building to protect it from being demolished, they could extend the conservation area to include it, or it could be given some other designation.”
Fellow member Joanne Brogden added: “This is not about stopping any development, it’s just about protecting that one building.
“The building takes up a minimal amount of space and it’s right on the roadside, so it really is just a drop in the ocean in terms of the overall land size.”
An ELDC spokeswoman told the Leader: “The ex-public house has been placed on the market as a commercial property as part of the larger Livestock Market opportunity.
“No approach has been made to the Council in this regard. Any such approach would clearly need to be considered on its own merits and a decision made in light of all available facts and information at the time.
“If such a proposition were to be put forward, it would need to be made in good time to allow consideration before matters in regard to the potential sale of the whole site are concluded.”
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