Monday, 30 May 2011

Plan to keep open Hockley Heath pub

A THREATENED Hockley Heath pub appears to have been saved after its owner unveiled plans to make it a more ‘honest’ watering hole.


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Mitchell & Butlers wants to remove extensions to “significantly enhance” the Nags Head Harvester pub on the Stratford Road.

The inside would also get a makeover.

It comes after a bid to knock it down for retirement flats was refused by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in January.

New proposals include demolishing a mock barn structure (below) added in the mid 1990s and to clad part of the pub in timber boarding.

It said: “This application is for external alterations to include the removal of pseudo agricultural/barn structures and features.

“This, together with the sympathetic changes proposed by the applicant, will significantly enhance the character and appearance of the building and create a much more ‘honest’ looking public house.”

The council will decide the planning application, for external changes, and a licensing act application, for internal changes.


The council’s planning committee rejected the plan for 30, two-bedroom flats. Half would have been for affordable housing.

Objections were submitted by 29 people, Meriden MP Caroline Spelman, Hockley Heath Parish Council and the three Dorridge and Hockley Heath borough councillors.

They said it would lead to ‘insufficient parking’ for shoppers if the pub’s car park is lost and there are ‘few old buildings left in the village of Nags Head character’.

The committee refused the plan as residents of the proposed development were “likely to be subject to unacceptable high levels of noise”

The proposed building would be “overbearing, incongruous and out of character thus having a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the area” it found.

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