Bell & Crown begin dismantling ‘unpopular’ extension

9 September, 2020 / by Matt Smith

The extension that was added to the Bell & Crown pub in 2019 is to be dismantled after retrospective planning permission was refused.

Built in December 2019, the controversial structure had been flagged by residents as not corresponding to plans which had been approved by the Council. Strand on the Green Residents’ Association accused the company of showing a ‘flagrant disregard for planning law’.

Borough planners agreed with the view that the building was non-compliant, meaning that Fuller’s was required to submit a new application – which has now been refused.

Planning approval had been given in November 2018 for a replacement awning supported by two narrow pillars in white powder-coated aluminium. The application made no mention of glass, nor of it being an enclosed structure. In July 2019 the permission was amended to three pillars rather than two. It is this plan that will now be implemented.

A spokesperson for Fuller’s, Georgina Wald, said simply “I can confirm we have amended the structure outside The Bell & Crown in line with the planning consent”.

Images above: The Bell & Crown before the extension was added, an image taken from the planning application

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