Final Nail in the Coffin for O'Riordans?
Council planners say historic pub should be demolished and replaced with flats
The long battle to save the former O’Riordans pub from demolition may have come to an end.
Council planners are recommending approval for a planning application to build a three storey residential building with some community use space at the site at 3, Brentford High Street.
This is the latest in a series of proposals for the redevelopment of the site, but previous applications have not been approved by the borough planners.
The application by Innergysave Ltd was a resubmission of a previously rejected application which was the subject of an appeal to the planning inspectors. Although this too was rejected, it was noted that the objections made by the Inspector were less significant than when it was considered at an early appeal.
Despite some objections from neighbours, including on the grounds of the proposed balconies being able to see into their properties, the planners concluded that the latest design provided an appropriate quality of accommodation, caused no harm to neighbours’ living conditions and no harm to the character and appearance of the wider area.
There will be four flats in the upper floors of the development (three 2 bedroom and one 1 bedroom) and the community use space on the ground floor, facing the High Street, was originally to be a nursery but the plan has been changed to allow greater flexibility for the use of the space.
The applicant claimed that a pub was no longer viable at this site even allowing for the greater footfall resulting from the opening of the Brentford Community Stadium nearby. The lease for the pub was marketed for 18 months with no interest from any potential tenants.
The first pub listed at the riverside site was The Jolly Tar which was there in 1888 and since then it has had a number of names including The Yacht, and Captain Morgans.
You can see further details of the proposal and make comment by searching for reference P/2021/4805 on Hounslow Council’s planning pages.
October 14, 2022