Closed village pub could face the bulldozers

The Red Lion in Haddenham is closed
The Red Lion in Haddenham is closed
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A village pub which closed suddenly earlier this year could be demolished to make way for new houses.

A planning application has been submitted to knock down the Red Lion in Haddenham and build three houses with parking.

Villagers have been hoping someone would come in to restore the pub, but that has not materialised.

The closure came as a surprise to everyone, with the final night of business followed by an unexpected closure the following day.

Councillor Margaret Aston, Haddenham Parish Council chairman, said she was not aware of anyone coming in to reopen the building as a pub.

She said: “The village would like to see it return.

“It’s a catch-22 situation. You’ve got to find someone who will have to be able to set it up as a restaurant more than a pub.”

When the Red Lion closed in April, village butcher Simon Parminter said: “A big bit of history has gone out of the village.”

A decision is due on the plans by Aylesbury Vale District Council by December 3.