An appeal has been lodged over a decision to refuse permission to turn a disused pub into six terraced houses.
Harrow Council’s planning committee rejected the proposal to demolish and replace The Letchford Arms in Headstone Lane, Hatch End, in March.
The majority decision was voted through because members felt there was insufficient evidence of suitable marketing of the pub at a realistic rate for a sufficient time.
Director of developer S2 Estates, Sam Berg, has now submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, which will take evidence from the applicant, the council, supporters and objectors by written representations until June 25 and thereby avoid a public inquiry.
The appeal letter from S2 Estates says: “A letter was sent to 46 households on Friday, November 15 2013. Overall four phone calls were received from local residents.
“The residents were in support of the proposals and were keen to see the public house gone sooner rather than later and residents indicated that they did not want to see any affordable housing on this site.”
Former councillor and former planning committee chairman William Stoodley, who chaired the meeting in March, spoke to the Observer after the refusal and said: We were concerned about it being a locally listed building and concerned over the advertising efforts.”
The pub was shut down by police on Christmas Eve 2011 after reports of drug use and violence. The S2 Estates appeal letter says: “The reason for refusal is predicted on the sustainability of the marketing information that has been supplied in support of the planning application. The statement and the planning application that preceded this appeal supplies a detailed marketing timetable that is supported by evidence. The redevelopment would provide six, three-bed homes, with a raft of other benefits that flow from the development, including fulfilling an identified need for housing.”
Anne Swinson from the Hatch End Residents’ Association said: “We have some reservations about the loss of a locally listed building but we are aware that quite a few of our members would like to see the pub go, having experienced social disorder there. The proposed six terraced houses, we consider they would be an over-development of the site and suggest four would be more acceptable.”