The long-standing Long Arm Short Arm pub, which recently shut its doors, has been acquired by a home development company.

Griggs Homes announced last week that the Lemsford site has been acquired off-market and on an unconditional basis.

The McMullen & Sons-run pub shut its doors on March 10, citing the economic climate as a reason behind it.

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On the day of the closure, McMullen announced that: "We have sold two pubs, the Long Arm Short Arm in Lemsford village and The Crown in Waltham Abbey.

"The Long Arm Short Arms pub will close on the date of transfer, the Crown will continue as a pub under alternative ownership."

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The Long Arm Short Arm pub site that has been acquired.The Long Arm Short Arm pub site that has been acquired. (Image: Google Maps)

Griggs Homes said: "We are delighted to announce that we have acquired the former Long Arm Short Arm pub in Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City. We purchased the site off-market and on an unconditional basis."


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Griggs added on Twitter: "We are actively looking for more sites with or without planning consent, all opportunities will be considered."

The Borehamwood-based developer is a third-generation family development and construction company that builds bespoke new build homes and exclusive developments.

The company added that it did not have further information to provide due to the early stage of the acquisition.

At the time of writing, no plans for the site had been submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's planning portal.