DEVELOPERS have made a fresh bid to demolish a former pub and build a 50-bedroom hotel in its place.
The company Golden Cross (Hayes) wants to demolish the former Golden Cross pub, in Botwell Lane, and build a three-storey hotel with basement car parking.
Hillingdon Council approval for the scheme was granted in 2009, but this is due to expire in July when a three-year time limit is up, and a renewal is now being sought.
Anil Khosla, the planning consultant representing the site’s owners, said: “My understanding is that, given the market in the last two years, my client had the usual funding problems, but they want to revisit it.”
A 2006 application for the part conversion of the pub into a hotel with 33 rooms was refused by the council then later allowed on appeal.
But the bid for a bigger hotel caused uproar among some people living nearby, who complained that it would cause congestion.
Pubgoers were actually keen on the idea, and thought that a hotel above the pub could throw it a lifeline.
The Golden Cross has since closed, and the site is now home to an Indian restaurant, Apni Rasoi.