Needless to say, with it being closed so long, and so little sign of action from Sam Smith, there are rumours circulating about what might be happening to the pub.
There are certainly NO live planning applications (*) for The Anchor at Redcar and Cleveland.
(What may be causing confusion is that next door No.18 which owns the back gardens of 18 & 20 right down to the cricket ground have made rear vehicle access and a new planning application for …
… wait for it …
… two shepherd’s hut “glamping pods” R/2021/0376/CA – a story which made The Gazette.)
[(*) Note added – talking of rumours – there are lot of protections for what can and can’t be done with an existing pub so this shouldn’t be a concern and there are no suggestions Sam Smith have any alternate plans for any of their pubs. Anyway, so long as Sam Smith own it, whatever their intentions for re-opening it, there is little value in alternative ideas like (say) a community pub project. Leaving pubs closed for long periods – several decades(!) in one case – is not unheard of for Sam Smith. As per our last letter our efforts are currently directed at encouraging and helping Sam Smith get the pub functioning again, which includes helping find new management.]