Admiral pub at risk of demolition

By Rebecca Weller

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Very disappointed: an Admiral pub in Scunthorpe is at risk of demolition to make way for flats (Credit:Getty/simonkr)
Very disappointed: an Admiral pub in Scunthorpe is at risk of demolition to make way for flats (Credit:Getty/simonkr)

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An Admiral Taverns site in north Lincolnshire is at risk of demolition to make way for flats.

The Lincoln Imp in Scunthorpe was reportedly boarded up in August last year but plans to demolish the building and build flats on the site have been submitted for a second time to North Lincolnshire Council.

According to the plans, the proposed development would involve “demolition of the public house and the erection of a two-storey residential consisting of 20 dwellings”.

Long-term future 

A spokesperson from Admiral Taverns​ said: “At Admiral, we take great pride in helping our licensees run sustainable businesses.

“In the case of the Lincoln Imp, we are reviewing all options, including speaking with relevant community stakeholders, however we are struggling to find a solution that will ensure a long-term future for this pub under our ownership or an external party.”

The plans were originally submitted in May 2022 but were refused in July last year as this would cause the “unacceptable loss” of the Lincoln Imp, citing the former pub and music venue as a “valued community facility”.

In addition, concerns were raised with the plans regarding an “insufficient provision” of private amenity open space for future occupiers of the proposed units.

Vital community facility 

North Lincolnshire Labour Councillor Tony Gosling told the BBC the Lincoln Imp “must not become another “Crooked House​”, which suffered a fire last month and was subsequently demolished.

"We also wanted to retain the asset which was a vital community facility and was a major player in the production of talent in the music industry," Gosling told the BBC.

The BBC report added the councillor “very disappointed” to hear the proposal had been resubmitted to the council.

Admiral’s spokesperson continued: “Talks with various stakeholders are still ongoing and it is important to add that no final decisions have been made at this time."


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