Image above: The Old Station House pub, Grove Park
The Old Station House looks set to remain as pub following a report by LB Hounslow planners in which they give the green light to a revised planning application.
Previous applications for the property had been rejected by the council, as they would have seen more housing units added to the building, reducing the pub’s floor space. The latest proposals will go before LB Hounslow planning committee on Thursday 5 August.
The applicants had previously justified a 42% reduction in the floor space of the pub on the grounds that a smaller establishment focused on food would be more viable. The earlier application received a number of objections from the Grove Park Group, which argued the loss of a pub would be detrimental to community life.
The current draft leaves the whole of the ground floor area of the building untouched, allowing for it to continue being used as pub space.
The proposals include extending the pub’s main building with a basement, as well as first and second floor extensions for the provision of four flats, with communal amenity space on the lower first floor.
Despite concerns from residents about the ‘integrity of the building’ being compromised by the changes, the planning officers’ report describes the proposed extensions and alterations as respectful and suited to this locally listed building and conservation area.
If approved by the Planning Committee, the existing pub will retain its kitchen facilities as well as its courtyard seating area.
The Old Station House is one of the older buildings in the area, established as the Grove Park Hotel in 1867. The pub has yet to reopen since the relaxation of Covid restrictions, but it is thought once the planning issue settled, it will be back in business.
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