‘Ridiculous’ flats plan for pub rejected

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert an eyesore former pub in Hucknall into a block of apartments have been thrown out by Ashfield councillors.

Members of Ashfield District Council’s planning committee were asked to give the go-ahead for the former Romans boozer (pictured) on Annesley Road to be converted into 13 flats. The pub was previously known as the Lord Byron and, before then, the Stork Social Club.

Owner Mohsin Ravjani, of Pinner in Middlesex, had wanted to build three extensions to accommodate his scheme.

But the leader of the councillor, former Hucknall representative Coun John Knight (Lab), branded the development “ridiculous”.

During a debate, Coun Knight (Lab) said the site was not big enough for 13 flats, although he accepted it needed to be redeveloped.

In recent years, the building has become a target for vandalism and was previously stripped of its pipework.

There were even claims that squatters had set up home inside, while youths had been seen climbing on the roof.

Coun Knight said: “This is one of the oldest buildings in Hucknall. How it has got to this stage is a crime in itself. Something needs to be done about it but this is not the answer. Thirteen apartments on what is probably the second-busiest street in Hucknall?

“I think it would not add anything to Hucknall, although I accept that it is a monstrosity.”

Coun Chris Baron (Lab), of Hucknall, said: “This plan would not be a positive way forward.”

The 19th-century building closed more than four years ago. Discussions over redevelopment have been ongoing since 2009. Although it is not listed, a Notts County Council conservation officer had previously identified the building as one of local historical importance.