The White Horse Inn Morcott is set at the east end of the High Street at the junction of the A47 and A6121 Stamford Road. Sadly, the pub closed about four years ago.
The building itself, and the land adjoining the A47/A6121 junction is owned by Burghley House Preservation Trust (the charity that supports Burghley in Stamford).
At a Public Consultation with the village in July 2016, Burghley Estate outlined proposals to make a major investment in the White Horse Inn, so that it might re-open as a ‘new’ White Horse. Burghley Estate’s proposal is dependent on the remainder of the site – including the paddock bordering the A47 – being developed for housing. This paddock is outside the current ‘planned limit of development’ as set by Rutland County Council.
Since 2016, constructive discussions have been held between Burghley Estate and Morcott Parish Council.
There has understandably been much discussion between villagers. Some people are opposed to the idea of development, even if it means the pub re-opens; others believe that a few new houses is a fair exchange for a ‘new’ White Horse Inn. Some hold no view either way.
On 7 September 2017 a Village Poll was held, under the auspices of Rutland County Council. The question asked of the electorate was: “Do you support the current linked proposals by Burghley Estate to build houses on the Paddock including the refurbishment of the White Horse Inn?”
164 valid votes were recorded (a turnout of 58%). The number of YES votes = 94 (57.32%). The number of NO votes = 72 (42.68%). The result demonstrates that the MAJORITY OF VILLAGERS who hold a view ARE IN FAVOUR of the Planned Limit of Development being extended to allow development of the Paddock, if it means that the White Horse Inn is renovated and re-opened.