Fullers Forced To Seek Retrospective Planning For Pub Glass Extension

Strand On The Green residents group objected to 'tawdry' Bell & Crown addition

Strand On The Green residents group objected to 'tawdry' Bell & Crown addition


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Locals in Strand on the Green, who objected to the glass box extension to the Bell & Crown on the grounds that it was vastly different to the original plan, are hoping the pub may be forced to remove it.

Following Strand on the Green Residents' Association (SoGA's) intervention made at the request of members and local residents, Fullers has had to seek retrospective planning permission for the glass box erected over the riverside terrace at the Bell & Crown as, according to SoGa, it does not comply with the planning permission granted.

Hounslow Council's Planning Department will now review the matter.

SoGa has told its members and local residents that if they are unhappy with the glassed-in box, which they regard as "both unsightly and uncharacteristic" of the Strand on the Green Conservation Area, they should make their objections known as soon as possible.

SoGa says, "Please lodge an objection to Application P/2020/0145 - The Bell & Crown at email address leo.hall@hounslow.gov.uk with copy to the Conservation Officers sean.doran@hounslow.gov.uk and sophie.laird@hounslow.gov.uk.

"Note that an objection from a couple from the same email address counts as one whereas an objection from a couple but from their separate email addresses counts as two.

"The residents' group wrote to Fuller's in December to complain that the original plans "bear no resemblance to the finished product."

Fuller's replied that the new box was the design that received planning consent from the council. They offered to meet the residents' group to discuss. The residents have pursued their objections to Hounslow Council.

bell and crown drawing
An image from the design on the planning application

The pub, which is located at Thames Road, Strand on the Green, was first licensed as The Bell & Crown in 1787 and was acquired by Fullers in 1814 and rebuilt in 1907. It is now owned by the pub operating company rather than the Brewery which was sold to Asahi last year.

bell and crown The terrace as it looked previously

The conservation area statement of 2006 says that the present public house was built in 1907 and had a small shop embedded in it, originally a butcher. It is well detailed in the Arts and Craft style with original metal windows and tall chimneys.

The pub is not listed though it was thought that designation might be changed at some point due to its well preserved architectural quality and style.

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January 17, 2020

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