Bell and Crown pub apply for an orangery extension

Image above: Bell and Crown at Strand on the Green

 

Fuller’s have submitted a planning application to Hounslow Council for a single storey ‘orangery’ extension at the Bell and Crown pub, facing the river.

They plan to install a solid wood structure that will replace the existing conservatory to bring the line of the building out to same level as the left-hand side as viewed from the river. The aim is to provide additional restaurant space all year round and replace elements of poor quality within the current building.

The plans for the timber and glazed orangery show two roof lanterns on a flat roof, one of which will be above the existing structure. Originally the building at 73 Strand on the Green was a butchers. The estimated cost of the plan is up to £2 million, according to the documents submitted to Hounslow Council.

A Fullers spokesperson told The Chiswick Calendar:

“The Bell & Crown is a wonderful pub and this small, tasteful conservatory will allow us to better use the space available.”

Strand on the Green Association not planning to object

The pub tried once before to glass in their greenhouse area so it could be used in winter, but met opposition from the Strand on the Green Association, which was when they decided instead to have the present plastic covers then put over it in inclement weather, which has not proved satisfactory either from a warmth or an aesthetic perspective.

In a statement released last week, the Strand on the Green Association (SoGA) said they were not to object to the new plans:

“SoGA is not planning to object, since the style is in keeping with the style of the existing building.”

When they put in glass in 2019 the residents association accused the company of showing a ‘flagrant disregard for planning law’.

The controversial structure had been flagged by residents as not corresponding to plans which had been approved by the Council. The extension was dismantled after retrospective planning permission was refused.

Residents who complained about it said it’ was ‘unsightly’ and ‘uncharacteristic of the Strand on the Green Conservation Area’.

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