Ex-pub to become a house

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AN East Durham pub is set for a new future – as a private house.

The Masons Arms in Easington Village has been sold and is to be transformed for residential use.

The pub is one of two in East Durham pubs – along with The Fir Tree in Wingate – sold by property adviser Christie + Co for change of use.

Associate director Mark Worley said it was a shame the pair would no longer be used as pubs but a chance of use was better than leaving them to stand empty.

“In an ideal world, I would prefer to report that pubs have sold for on-going licensed use,” he said.

“However, that is not the case in each of these instances.

“The Masons Arms is to be converted to a residential house whilst the future of the Fir Tree is likely to lie in the retail sector.

“It should be noted, however, that both pubs were closed and in need of major refurbishment and under these circumstances, therefore, their conversion – which will include significant investment to each building – can only enhance each neighbourhood.”