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Time is called on historic Wells pub site as homes plan approved

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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One of the oldest pubs in Wells has finally been consigned to the history books.

Planners at Mendip District Council have given the go-ahead to developers to turn the Mermaid on Tucker Street, Wells, into six private homes.

Developers Tucker Street Ltd, formed to oversee the proposed development, will convert the main pub building into three houses and the rear skittle alley into three more mews-style homes.

In her recommendation Tracy Aarons, the corporate manager of Mendip's built environment group, said: "The proposal, by reason of its design, scale and layout would be in keeping with its surroundings and the character and appearance of the Conservation Area would be preserved.

"The proposal would safeguard the amenities of neighbouring residents and adjoining land users."

There has been a pub on the site of the Mermaid Inn for hundreds of years and it was once the most popular pub in the city, hosting prize fights outside on market days in the Victorian era.

But a series of landlords were unable to beat the downturn in the licensed trade. It closed for the final time last year.

In their final planning statement a spokesman for the developers said: "The proposals involve the conversion of an existing building bringing a redundant building back into use. The existing public house use is no longer a viable use for the site and significant marketing of the site has not brought forward any interested parties for returning the site to a pub use or alternative viable community use.

"There is an alternative public house in very close proximity to the application site which provides this local service."

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