Plan for holiday lets at village pub

Plans for the Admiral Nelson at Benington.

Plans for the Admiral Nelson at Benington.

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A Wainfleet-based family brewer has launched a bid to convert outbuildings at a pub near Boston into ‘motel-style accommodation’.

George Bateman and Son Ltd has applied to Boston Borough Council for planning permission over its ambitions for The Admiral Nelson, in Main Road, Benington.

The brewer is hoping to convert existing outbuildings attached to the rear of the pub into two holiday lets.

Stuart Bateman, managing director of the firm, said the vision was to create ‘motel-style accommodation’.

In addition, the business has applied to the council for planning permission for a new dwelling on the plot - currently a disused outbuilding.

This area would then be sold for development, with funds being used to improve the pub’s existing overnight accommodation.

Mr Bateman said the business is looking at a number of its sites with a view to disposing of disused outbuildings or parcels of land to raise funds for the pubs.

In some cases, the aim is to pay for refurbishments or create extra facilities, such as an outdoor drinking area at the Five Bells, in Butterwick.

Of The Admiral Nelson, he said: “We have two letting rooms which act as bed and breakfast accommodation, but we want to improve both those significantly and make them en suite.”

He added: “Pubs now, in general, have to have more income streams than just drinks. We are putting more emphasis on food and the third string of the bow is more emphasis on letting accommodation.

“People will always have to eat and they will always have to sleep.”

The hope, he said, is to capitalise on an increase in tourism in Lincolnshire away from the coastline, saying that ‘much more emphasis’ is now being placed on attractions inland.

The proposals are available to view on the borough council’s website www.boston.gov.uk.