Planners recommend approval of Duke of York flats conversion

Image above: old Duke of York pub

Premises to be turned into housing

Hounslow planners are recommending for the approval of an application which seeks to convert the old Duke of York pub in Devonshire Rd entirely into housing.

The site, on the corner of Devonshire Road and Fraser St, has been vacant since 2018. The planning application claims a change of use for the building is justified as a new business could not thrive there due to its ‘poor location’.

A marketing report was submitted with the application which said an attempt had been made to find a new tenant for the pub for nearly four years. The previous tenant was evicted in 2018 and then squatters moved in, leaving the condition of the building in a ‘horrendous’ state by the time they left in April 2020 according to the report.

A three-bedroom apartment exists already at the historic site, which also has a basement. Should permission be granted, two self-contained flats will be built within the building.

Under the proposals, new openings to rear and flank walls would be added to the existing building, together with an attic-level balcony. An upgrade is proposed to the street-facing facade, in order to bring them back to what the architect believes was its original condition. The original design used architectural terracotta, which can be seen on the ground floor external walls.

The plans have been submitted by Tsuruta Architects, established by Japanese architect Taro Tsuruta, who worked with other design practices, including Portcullis House in Westminster, before setting up his own studio.

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