A landlord in Nottinghamshire has grown so disillusioned with rising energy bills that he’s decided to convert his village pub into homes.
Chistopher Jessop has seen energy bills rise from £500 a quarter to £2,600, while another hike is anticipated in October when the energy price cap is scheduled to rise by 80%.
The 59-year-old has therefore applied to turn the pub, The Gate Inn, in Sutton cum Lound, into two semi-detached houses with a garage.
Jessop said: “We’re having to turn lights off in the day to save electricity if there are no customers in.
“A lot of the customers are older people and they’re scared of going out after the pandemic.
“It’s been one thing after another and I think it’s the same with most pubs. It’s not sustainable.
“There’s a lot of opposition because everybody wants a pub, but they only want to go out at Christmas.”
Jessop has already sold his home in order to keep the pub going, which he has owned for four years.
The proposals are set to be approved by Bassetlaw District Council, enabling him to live in one of the houses with his wife.
However the residents and parish council have objected the proposals, with one councillor calling the pub “quintessential” in the village.
One resident said: “The Gate Inn is an asset to the community and the village doesn’t want to lose its pub.
“Further residential development and loss of community focal point will destroy the traditional character of the village.”
A group of residents who previously owned the pub had to close it due to financial issues, so it seems difficult to make the business economically viable at the best of times.
Sutton cum Lound Parish Council and the village hall committee objected to the plans, saying the site is not listed for development in the neighbourhood plan.