Bull Inn site is set to become new homes

Echo: Bull Inn site is set to become new homes Bull Inn site is set to become new homes

A PUB could be flattened to make way for a housing development.

New owners of the pub have submitted plans to Basildon Council to use the site of the Bull Inn, London Road, Pitsea, to build 23 homes.

The business, which was originally called the Prohibition, was put on the market for £400,000 in April.

It is not yet known if the new homes would be houses or flats, but a number of them will be reserved as affordable housing.

Residents in Pitsea want the Bull, which is still serving, to stay open.

Sarah Jones, 34, of London Road, said: “I would much prefer it to stay a pub. There is already enough housing around here.

“That many new homes will result in a lot more cars and a lot more traffic. I just don’t think we have the infrastructure to cope.

“I have lived here eight years and we have never had any problems. I’ve been in there a few times myself and I think it could definitely become a successful pub again. It would be a shame to get rid of an original building.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: “It’s been a pub for as long as I can remember. It is a part of the history of Pitsea and it would be a shame to see it gone for ever. The Railway pub on the High Road has already gone because of the regeneration, so soon we are going to be left with nothing.”

The Bull Inn has a history of controversy and faced closure in the past due to a number of brawls, reports of underage drinking and staff drinking on duty.

Between January 2009 and July 2010 there were 26 incidents recorded by police in a damning report.

Aiden McGurran, Labour councillor for Pitsea South East, said: “I think losing the pub would not be great for the area, because Pitsea is not very well catered for. I hoped someone would take it over and run it is as business.

“In the present economic climate I realise there is a lot going against pubs, but it would be such a shame to see another one in Pitsea disappear.

“The Labour Party is always keen to see that there are affordable homes being built, but I suspect residents will have their concerns about the type of accommodation it will be.”

J & M Gatrell Partnership has put in the plans.

The council will have the final say.

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2:25pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

There is never enough housing in this country - and there are certainly enough pubs. Houses please...
There is never enough housing in this country - and there are certainly enough pubs. Houses please... Jack222

5:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

No big surprise really.

Another local pub going the same way as The Fortune of War, The Commodore, The (Vange) Bull/Powerhouse, The Double Six, The Cricketers and the Laindon Hotel and Long Riding.


Cheap beer from supermarkets and smoking ban now killing the pub trade. If they can't diversify or attract a decent clientile it's flats and houses.
No big surprise really. Another local pub going the same way as The Fortune of War, The Commodore, The (Vange) Bull/Powerhouse, The Double Six, The Cricketers and the Laindon Hotel and Long Riding. Cheap beer from supermarkets and smoking ban now killing the pub trade. If they can't diversify or attract a decent clientile it's flats and houses. Howard Cháse

6:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

TheWizzard says...

Wasn't that long ago that local residents were up in arms about football pitches being put at the back of the pub.And the council objected to it. No doubt they will welcome a new housing estate instead. And it is quite possible that this will be the beginning of the end of the eversley recreation ground which backs onto the pub and of course the leisure centre will probably be bulldozed as its the last one on the tory hit list
Wasn't that long ago that local residents were up in arms about football pitches being put at the back of the pub.And the council objected to it. No doubt they will welcome a new housing estate instead. And it is quite possible that this will be the beginning of the end of the eversley recreation ground which backs onto the pub and of course the leisure centre will probably be bulldozed as its the last one on the tory hit list TheWizzard

7:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Mikkel1 says...

Many pubs listed and gone that I remember before long there will be NO pubs in the entire country because of housing. WHERE will they build when they have all gone, Redundant police stations?
Many pubs listed and gone that I remember before long there will be NO pubs in the entire country because of housing. WHERE will they build when they have all gone, Redundant police stations? Mikkel1

3:51pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Sensible Man says...

STOP ALL IMMIGRATION!!!!! No more shoeboxes required. No more greedy shoebox developers required.
STOP ALL IMMIGRATION!!!!! No more shoeboxes required. No more greedy shoebox developers required. Sensible Man

11:03pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Too many flats, not enough houses. It's already starting to be reflected in prices.
Time was when you could buy a house, convert it to two flats, and make a decent profit. Now in some areas a 3 bed house is going for more than the total for a one bed flat and a two bed flat converted from a simlilar houses.
Where are all the people, currently living in a one bed flat, going to move when they start a family.
Too many flats, not enough houses. It's already starting to be reflected in prices. Time was when you could buy a house, convert it to two flats, and make a decent profit. Now in some areas a 3 bed house is going for more than the total for a one bed flat and a two bed flat converted from a simlilar houses. Where are all the people, currently living in a one bed flat, going to move when they start a family. Nebs

10:01am Sun 26 Jan 14

MarkCanvey says...

As long as the development is sympathetic to the area and the eversley recreation ground is not affected adversely it makes sense. Let's be honest the pub is a dump and has been since it was called Beanos.
As long as the development is sympathetic to the area and the eversley recreation ground is not affected adversely it makes sense. Let's be honest the pub is a dump and has been since it was called Beanos. MarkCanvey

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