August 12, 2019 10.53 am This story is over 56 months old

Homes plan for historic Boston music venue

The pub has already been turned into two separate units downstairs

Boston’s historic music venue the Axe and Cleaver is to be further divided into new homes.

Plans submitted to Boston Borough Council by Framework, on behalf of Activ Property Management owner Matthew Clark, are asking for the go ahead to turn the upstairs flat and balcony into three separate apartments.

They then want to build 11 extra apartments in the pub’s rear courtyard.

How the new housing build could look.

Documents before the authority say the build is in an area “identified by the council as in need of regeneration” and that it will “compliment the established commercial and business use in the area”.

“Activ Property Management intends this…to be a landmark development of the highest quality, creating accomodation that offers a positive contribution to the borough,” they say.

Mexican restaurant Los Burritos recently moved into the former Axe and Cleaver after Mr Clark was given permission to split the bottom half of the pub up into two separate units in June.

The Axe and Cleaver closed in October 2016 with music from local act Crossfire.

When he took over the premises in January 2017, Mr Clark said it had “gone under invested for a great deal of time”.

How the first couple of floors are planned to be laid out.

He said: “We have a host of ideas for the premises and hope that our involvement and investment can bring it back to a former glory.”

Mr Clark had previously taken over the Grade II listed Assembly Rooms from Boston Borough Council in November 2012 after it was sold to him for £465,000.

He carried out a £1.25 million investment in the building and reopened it as a nightclub and town venue.

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