Flats plan for pub

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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

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