Flats plan for pub
PLANS have been submitted to convert a former pub in Hinckley town centre into three flats.
The Hollybush pub has most recently been used as offices and a home. Before then it was used as a pizza restaurant.
The landmark building sits close to the old cinema and Atkins building at the junction of Hollycroft and Upper Bond Street.
Applicant Shafiek Masram also plans to build a block of apartments behind The Hollybush, to finish the refurbishment of the Grade II listed pub.
The venue shut as a pub in 2005 before a short-lived stint as an Indian restaurant.
The application states the building “urgently” requires repair work to prevent further damage.
It is estimated it will cost £265,000 to complete the work which includes roof repairs, replacing the rendering and boxing-in wooden benches.
The application states: “The building remains in a bearable state of repair, despite the continued strains of dilapidation in places.
“Further the interior of the building remains essentially unaltered by either subsequent usage of the building.
“Major items of panelling, fit- tings doors and ironmongery remain.
“The colours of the pub exterior seem to be original: the white render contrasting with the green faience cornice and some brick banding.
“The original colour of the window frames remains to be determined by taking scrapes. It seems likely that much of the applied signage is from the later restaurant use of the building.”
The application details the history of the Hollybush since it shut as a pub. It was vacant for three years from 2007. In that time it was used by squatters who forced entry. It housed a restaurant from 2010-12 and a pizzeria from 2013-14.
In 2014, it was offered for sale on the open market, but there was little interest. In 2016, the council sought to facilitate a sale to a microbrewery, but after initial interest, the prospective buyers dropped out.
It is currently being used as offices and as a home for a family to ensure the building’s security.
The application adds: “It is clear from the above efforts over a sustained period of time that there have been no reasonable offers for sale or any operators willing to operate a business at the premises.
“Ultimately if the building remains empty for a long time then there is a high risk of crimi- nal damage, return of squatters and exacerbation of the dilapidation and devaluation of the property.
“The present situation is unsustainable financially and further dilapidation will have a major detrimental effect not just on The Hollybush but also the surrounding area.
“This wider detrimental impact on the local environment is accentuated because The Hollybush is located on a major entry point to the town centre.”
The application was validated by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council last month. It is expected to be discussed by the authority’s planning committee in the near future.
GRADE II LISTED: The former Hollybush pub, in Hinckley town centre