Neigh­bours to fight against pub re­vival

Wa­ter­ing hole wants to make come­back com­plete with out­door bar

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

NEIGH­BOURS of a derelict pub are con­cerned about a scheme to re­vive it, com­plete with out­side bar.

The plan, to de­mol­ish out­build­ings and play­ground equip­ment at The Horse and Barge, in Moorhall Road, Hare­field, and re­place them with an out­door bar and bar­be­cue area, has got lo­cals wor­ried.

At the Hare­field Ten­ants and Res­i­dent’s As­so­ci­a­tion (HTRA) meet­ing at Park Lane Vil­lage Cen­tre on Mon­day evening, mem­bers de­cided to ob­ject.

Last year, vil­lagers suc­cess­fully fought to re­duce the pub’s li­cenc­ing hours un­der its pre­vi­ous own­ers, after a ‘bang­ing sound sys­tem’, noisy, drunken cus­tomers and glasses be­ing smashed in the street kept neigh­bours awake un­til the early hours. The pub ceased trad­ing ear­lier this year.

Doreen McIn­tyre, who lives op­po­site the pub and was one of sev­eral peo­ple who wrote to Hilling­don Coun­cil last year, said: “We had to fight to get the li­cenc­ing hours re­duced and it was a suc­cess that they were.

“If this plan is ap­proved we may have to do it all over again.”

HTRA chair­man Paul Stone said: “The pub has no per­mis­sion to serve al­co­hol or soft drinks out­side as a re­sult of the pe­ti­tion we all signed, and the gar­den has to be empty by 10pm.

“If they ap­ply to sell food and drinks out­side, that may open it up for them to ap­ply to play mu­sic out­doors, which will es­ca­late the noise and en­cour­age peo­ple to stay out­side all evening.”

The pub is in the green belt and within the Wide­wa­ter Lock Con­ser­va­tion Area, close to the Grand Union Canal. Ap­pli­cant Nigel Leem­ing ar­gued the out­door bar would change the site from one that de­grades the con­ser­va­tion area to one that en­hances it.

The de­sign and ac­cess state­ment for the scheme says: “Not only are we im­prov­ing the aes­thetic qual­ity of the build­ing by re­plac­ing it, but we are im­prov­ing the qual­ity of the sep­a­rat­ing ar­eas and pub­lic realm gen­er­ally.

“The pro­posal con­sol­i­dates the spread of struc­tures on the site sig­nif­i­cantly and as such has no detri­men­tal im­pact on the Met­ro­pol­i­tan green belt.”

Mr Leem­ing also ar­gued the pub is in an iso­lated lo­ca­tion, well away from the res­i­den­tial area of South Hare­field.

The new build­ing would house the bar and kitchen space and in­clude an open fronted area to house a bar­be­cue and seat­ing area. Its open­ing hours were not spec­i­fied on the ap­pli­ca­tion, which was sub­mit­ted to Hilling­don Coun­cil on Novem­ber 14.

Is this the right scheme for The Horse and Barge? See page 15 for ways to get in touch.

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