DEVELOPERS who want to demolish The Swan pub and build flats have had their latest appeal dismissed.
Clearview Homes had its initial plan for six flats on the Breakspear Road site turned down by Hillingdon Council last year on grounds it was cramped, would overlook neighbouring properties and include an unsightly bin store.
The company appealed only for planning inspector Edward Grace to rule that the development was not suitable, and that demolition of the pub should not take place until better proposals were put forward.
It is not the end of the road for Clearview though. At the end of January the firm submitted new, smaller plans for the site, in what is now a common practice by applicants 'hedging their bets'.
Changes include bringing the building forward, so it is not as intrusive on a neighbour's garden and does not impede views.
Paul Stone, chairman of Harefield Tenants' and Residents' Association and a member of the village’s conservation panel, said he had heard fewer concerns about the latest proposals.
He said: “I don’t think this one is anywhere near as contentious. I would be surprised if it doesn’t go through.”
The issue of parking on the site was raised at an association meeting earlier this year, and it is expected the council will consider whether enough space has been made available.
The Swan closed in 2010 and since then has become increasingly dilapidated. An architect’s report, drawn up for Clearview, said it had also been insensitively altered and any 'visual quality' it once had had been compromised.
Conservationists in the borough have called for the pub’s original plaque to be retained and displayed on any new building.
The latest plans are yet to be heard by the council’s planning committee.