Bell and Crown pub and restaurant
Bell and Crown pub and restaurant at Strand on the Green (Hounslow Council ref P/2017/1790)
We have been keeping in touch with the Strand on the Green Association (SoGA) on this application. They and the immediate neighbour adjoining the Bell and Crown had a meeting with the pub who agreed that the first floor terrace would be reduced so as not to stretch to the neighbour’s property. The Bell & Crown subsequently elected to withdraw the first floor terrace and outside dining completely.
At that stage, as agreed with the Bell & Crown, both the neighbour and SoGA withdrew their objections to the application. It seems this revised application has now been approved but, unlike Richmond Council’s website, we are not able to see what other comments were made on the application nor the details of the decision. Hounslow Council would do well to review the transparency of the information on their website which leaves much to be desired.
We discussed this application, to extend the first and second floors of this pub on the river Thames, with the Strand on the Green Association. The application was submitted despite the pre-application advice given by Hounslow Council’s conservation officer about the adverse effect the development would have on this historic building and on the setting alongside other historic buildings. We endorsed the comments of the conservation officer and also objected to the potential noise from open terrace areas would would carry across the river as well as to nearby residential properties. Hounslow Council recently refused permission for extension of the nearby City Barge pub which we also cited as reason to refuse this application.