Decision on eyesore Hucknall pub due

A CONTROVERSIAL decision over plans to convert an eyesore Hucknall pub into apartments is set to go before planning chiefs tonight (Thursday).

The former Romans pub on Annesley Road, previously known as the Stork Social Club and later the Lord Byron, has been earmarked to be converted into 13 homes.

There have been calls for action at the site since the pub shut its doors more than four years ago. The building fell into a state of disrepair and became a target for vandals and thieves.

Ashfield District Council’s deputy leader, Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, referred the decision to the council’s planning committee meeting, starting at 6.30pm, to give residents the chance to speak up about anti-social behaviour and problems with parking and refuse collections.

Speaking before the meeting, Coun Wilmott said: “The residents have some concerns and they wish to put them before the council. It is vital they have the chance to make their feelings clear because the application has already been provisionally put through by the planning officers.”

Residents of Carlingford Road, whose homes back on to the pub, previously warned that the proposed apartments were too similar to nearby flats which have gone unsold. They were also worried the 19th century building was being poorly maintained.

Several residents of Carlingford Road and nearby Magdalene Way are also worried about the lack of parking spaces and have raised concerns about where waste bins for the apartments would be stored.

The plan has already been amended from a previous application submitted by Mohsin Ravjani, of Pinner in Middlesex, because of concerns raised about plans for a two-storey extension, which residents said would overlook their properties.

Discussions between Ashfield Council and developers have been ongoing since May 2009.

Now the applicant wants to erect a single-storey extension and first-floor extension to the west elevation of the building, plus a first-floor extension to the east. The number of apartments would be reduced by one.

There are still hopes to retain the historic facade of the building. Although it is not protected from redevelopment, a Notts County Council conservation officer had previously identified the building as one of local historical importance.

However no parking spaces would be created as part of the development, and Notts County Council’s highways department has pointed out that parking within the immediate area of the pub was very limited and controlled by traffic regulation orders or resident parking schemes.