Villagers invited to exhibition tomorrow showing redevelopment plans for pub and homes on land behind

Residents in Much Hadham are to get their first glimpse of the design layout for six new homes on land behind the village’s last remaining pub.

Punch Pubs is holding a public exhibition at The Bull Inn tomorrow (Wednesday November 30) from 3pm until 7.30pm.

It will be a chance for people to view the plans ahead of a formal application being submitted to East Herts Council.

The Bull Inn in Much Hadham (60989071)
The Bull Inn in Much Hadham (60989071)

Andrew Cannons, Head of Estate Development for Punch Pubs, said: “We’re delighted to invite members of the local community to an open exhibition sharing the proposed development for the Bull Inn and land lying behind it on Wednesday 30th November 2022, from 3pm until 7.30pm.

“We encourage the community to attend and share their feedback with us as we remain committed to ensuring the pub stays at the heart of the community for many years to come.”

A deal was struck between campaigners fighting to save The Bull and its owners back in June which secured the pub’s future. The Save The Bull Action Group managed to persuade Punch Pubs to invest in a refurbishment of the High Street hostelry, which dates back to at least 1727.

An old image of the Bull Inn in Much Hadham High Street (60988941)
An old image of the Bull Inn in Much Hadham High Street (60988941)

In return, the campaign group agreed to ditch its objection to Much Hadham’s draft Neighbourhood Plan, which gives the green light for the development of six bungalows in a 1.2-acre field behind the pub’s beer garden – where a late Victorian circus elephant is rumoured to be buried.

Punch has pledged to invest in The Bull’s kitchen, toilets and internal décor, provide more parking spaces and refurbish the beer garden – provided it gets planning permission for the proposed development.

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