Something to drink to this Friday evening – the controversial plan to build a towering hotel on top of Hardys Free House on Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, has been thrown out by Greenwich Council.
Planners received 144 objections to the scheme from local residents. Unsurprisingly, they decided it was too big, too ugly, and… didn’t have enough cycle parking spaces.
Or, in other words: “The proposed development by reason of its design, scale, bulk and massing in this prominent location, would result in a dominant and obtrusive form of development bearing a negative relationship to the host building and its immediate surroundings.”
I think it’s fair to say that there won’t be many people sorry to see the application refused. What this means for the future of a pub that’s had a rocky time since it was sold three years ago, heaven alone knows. Hopefully the owners will now concentrate on developing it as a decent pub. Or sell it onto someone who wants to do that.
You don’t have to look far for proof of how to turn around a failing bar – five minutes’ walk from Hardys, the Pelton Arms was once a dusty, unloved boozer. Now it’s doing a roaring trade thanks to live bands and other events. It’s now planning to expand upstairs to include a first floor dining area. It took time, some brute force and a lot of effort to turn the Pelton around, but its success shows it can be done.