|Packhorse and Talbot Future Still Under Threat?|
Plans to redevelop the site are still being pursued
The long term future of the Packhorse and Talbot pub is still under threat as it is understood the developer will continue to pursue a bid to demolish it for redevelopment.
A reliable source has told Chiswickw4.com that the developer is pursuing a judicial review against Hounslow Council since it refused to allow the pub to be demolished on conservation grounds.
Taylor Walker signed a lease last August to run the pub for another year.
Last August when the pub came under threat, it was suggested that residents could ask for the pub to be made an Asset of Community Value if it would help save it.
The owners of the site on Chiswick High Road had made an application last August to proceed with the demolition of the pub.
Information on the Council's planning pages stated then that the demolition was for redevelopment. There was an outcry in Chiswick at the suggestion of the Packhorse being demolished.
Hounslow Council refused the application on the basis that the works constitute "demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area".
The Council also reminded the applicant of the policies on loss of community uses which such applications would need to rectify.
However a source has said that a judicial review is being pursued against LBH in a bid to pursue redevelopment of the site.
The applicant in August was Silus Investments SA who are represented by a firm of solicitors based in the Strand. Unconfirmed reports suggested that the Panama based company owns adjacent plots on Chiswick High Road.
Having the pub as an Asset of Community value gives a limited amount of protection gives a limited extra protection against redevelopment but not as much as listed status. Although the current building was put up in the 20th century there has been a pub on the site since 1650.
We are seeking clarification from the developer and Hounslow Council on the matter.
January 10, 2015