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Postby dutchman » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:03 pm

Historic Coventry pub battle is back for THIRD time

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A fight to stop an historic Coventry pub from being turned into a house of multiple occupation is being taken to a third planning committee.

Applicant APSE Building Design Ltd has twice taken its plans to transform The Old Crown Inn on Windmill Road to a Coventry council meeting.

The first time, in March, plans were rejected after residents – and the committee – feared the 11-bed HMO with a ‘management office’ would be used as a hostel.

A second application was then lodged which altered the plans to a 12-bed HMO with no management office, but around the same time a fake Coventry council letter was circulated telling residents the proposed development could be used by paedophiles – a claim blasted by the council and criticised by the applicant, who said it would be targeted at “single professionals”.

It returned to a committee for a second time in April, but was deferred after councillors were left “baffled” by a “catalogue of errors” in the report in relation to amenities in the local area.

Now it is set to return to a third meeting on Thursday, June 13, where officers have recommended it for approval, as they did twice before.

A report from officer Liam D’Onofrio said: “The proposed development is considered to be acceptable in principle and will not result in any significant impact upon visual amenity, heritage assets, neighbour amenity or highway safety, subject to relevant conditions.”

The initial application was turned down with ‘loss of community facility’ and ‘insufficient parking’ cited as the reason for refusal.

However, a Community Use Report based on CAMRA’s Public House Viability Test concluded the now-vacant pub is “unviable”, with sales declining some 47 per cent from 2009 to 2018.

Car parking provision has also now increased from nine spaces to 10, with Mr D’Onofrio stating it is “therefore considered to provide an appropriate level of car parking provision and is policy compliant”.

But a petition of 261 signatures further opposes the plans stating it is in close proximity to Longford Park Primary School, “which consists of young, vulnerable and impressionable children”.

The Crown Inn dates back to 1914 and is thought to have been used as a recruiting post during the First World War.

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Re: 100-year-old Longford pub could be turned into studio flats

Postby dutchman » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:30 pm

Future of historic pub finally decided as planning saga ends

A historic Coventry pub is to be turned into a house in multiple occupation (HMO) after plans were accepted by a committee at the third time of asking.

The Old Crown Inn pub on 89 Windmill Road will be converted into a 12-bed HMO with a communal kitchen by applicant APSE Building Design Ltd.

It marks the end of a long planning saga which saw the original application – an 11-bed HMO – refused in March after fears from residents and the committee that a management office meant it could be used as a hostel.

At the meeting on Thursday, June 13, Cllr John McNicholas said: “There was a concern about the loss of a local pub but I am pleased that a lot of work has been done to ensure that there are alternative arrangements.

“Quite clearly there is little interest if no application for a community use has come forward and this has been empty for some considerable time.”

Cllr Naeem Akhtar said it was an “acceptable proposal”, but the committee lamented the loss of a pub.

“Last year 914 pubs closed mainly because there is not enough business,” he added.

“Pubs in Coventry are struggling and it is up to the government to help.”

Cllr Catherine Miks added: “It is a shame to be losing the building to the community.”

In late representations, a condition was agreed for a ‘resident’s management plan’ to be developed between the authority and applicant to set out arrangements for tenant obligations.

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