A DECISION on the future of a hotel in Hayes which is dividing a community has been delayed after planners were unable to come to a conclusion.
Last night (Tuesday) planners at Hillingdon Council were due to make a decision whether or not to approve plans to expand the Golden Cross Hotel, in Botwell Lane, Hayes, from 33 bedrooms to 50.
But after hearing arguments from petitioners on both sides and an extensive debate, the planning committee were unable to reach a conclusion and deferred the decision to a later date, after concerns about inaccuracies in the planning report were raised.
Sharon Kilbane, who led a 200 signature petition against the reconstruction of the hotel, said: "It is a total monstrosity, there are hotels with 1,000 bedrooms in Hayes anyway, why do we need another 50?
"Imagine the noise and havoc reconstruction will bring, it is a very busy narrow road with speed bumps and the overspill of cars will ultimately end up on our streets."
Her concerns about the increased traffic the renovations would bring to the area were backed by Hayes Councillors Mo Kursheed and Lynne Allen.
Mr Wardren, the agent representing the owner of the Golden Cross, said: "The Golden Cross pub needs fixing up and to do it promptly would simply be a patch up job. We would allow a more attractive building to occupy the whole site."
Regulars who drink in the Golden Cross pub supported the plans and described them as a lifeline for the pub.
They argued that 36 pubs a week go under, and it already needs fixing and has a leaky roof, and the reconstruction of the hotel above it represents a chance to save it.
Councillors were set to approve the plans, albeit with restrictions on the hours the outdoor area of the pub could be used, when more concerns were raised about privacy for residents whose properties would be overlooked by the hotel.
Councillor Janet Duncan, who represents Hayes, said: "Once we get to this stage and restrictions have to be put on overlooking windows which should be obscure glazed, we are getting to an unacceptable development.
"We wouldn't even be suggesting it if it was a residential property."
The decision was deferred to a later date because of concerns over the privacy of residents and fears that the parking provisions exceeded the London Plan recommendations, all of which they believed were not addressed adequately in the report.
Chairman of the panel and Ickenham Councillor John Hensley, said: "I cannot get a straight answer on these issues, so I am not happy making a decision on this proposal, we will defer it to a later date when we have all the correct facts and figures."