‘Another nail in the coffin of variety’: Haddenham pub to be converted into homes

The Red Lion in Haddenham
The Red Lion in Haddenham

A popular Haddenham pub is to be converted into three homes after receiving planning approval through appeal.

The Red Lion has not been open for a year but villagers are upset by the plans and the prospect of losing the pub forever.

Parish councillor Richard Moore said: “It’s another nail in the coffin of variety. The pub had seen better days.

“If someone else had bought it they could have really made something of it in terms of a cafe, brasserie, bar, restaurant.”

The pub suddenly closed last year and it is believed the owners left due to the large rental fees being asked of them. The application, approved by the planning inspector, will see the pub converted into a home with a further two built on the grounds of the existing car park.

Originally plans were submitted to demolish the pub and build on the site.

And the developers have now appealed against that rejection, too.