A pub which has stood empty for ten years – apart from spending some time as a cannabis factory – could be brought back into use again.
Plans have been submitted to turn the Peacock on Kirton high street into housing.
The 18th century pub has been closed since at least 2012.
It has fallen into disrepair, and was damaged in a police raid after reports it was being used to manufacture drugs.
All efforts to sell the property over the past decade have failed, and current owners, the Wellington Pub Company, have now taken the step of asking for it to be turned into housing.
The building would be converted into five flats, each with between one and three bedrooms.
The application which has been submitted to Boston Borough Council states: “The property has been closed for a considerable time and is in a poor state of repair, and is no longer fit for purpose.
“The proposals represent a good opportunity to improve the appearance and character of not only the building itself but the high street and wider town centre.”
It adds: “As would be expected from a property not being in use for such a long period of time, the property is very dated and in a state of disrepair. We also understand the property suffered damage during the course of a police raid in 2015 following reports that it was being used as a cannabis factory.”
The proposal says reopening as a pub wouldn’t be ‘economically or socially achievable’, but that the changes would help to preserve the Grade II listed asset.
It is now available to comment on the Boston Borough Council website.