Homes plan is revealed for pub

Former Woodcutter pub boss Chris Farrow
Former Woodcutter pub boss Chris Farrow

A PUB has closed its doors for the final time and plans have been revealed for housing on the site.

The Woodcutter pub, in Kingsley Avenue, Hartlepool, closed earlier this week after months of speculation about its future.

If planning permission is granted, it will make way for 13 three-bedroomed houses.

The Mail reported in October that the pub was the latest in town to fall under the axe to make way for new development after speculation mounted early last year when Woodcutter manager Chris Farrow gave up his three-year tenancy at the premises.

But he stayed on as manager and said in May the pub was not closing.

However after the threat of closure in October, the pub was granted a stay of execution and remained open throughout the festive period.

But today town businessman Jon Whitfield, of Euro Property Management, which has bought the pub, said: “The pub closed on Sunday night and we are due to take it 
over from the brewery on Monday.

“We have got the plans all done for the planning application.”

He said plans would be submitted shortly to Hartlepool Borough Council.

Mr Whitfield added: “It’s a nice scheme in a good area.

“The pub obviously came to the end of its life, there was three or four people using it on Saturday afternoons and that was it apart from functions and it couldn’t just rely on functions alone.

“The scheme complements the area so hopefully it should be approved.”

If approved, the homes are expected to sell for between £129,950 and £139,950.