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Case Studies - Pub Restaurant

Walsingham Planning

Pub Restaurant case studies - Walsingham Planning

A selection of case studies from the Walsingham Planning portfolio.

Pub Restaurant - Greene King Public House and Restaurant - Countess of Chester

Walsingham Planning acts for a number of national public house and restaurant operators, including Greene King, Whitbread, Pizza Express and Bella Italia, advising on a range of matters including planning applications, appeals, and applications for listed building and advertisement consent.

Recently, we were successful in securing planning consent for a new 200 cover Hungry Horse Restaurant and Public House on a key redevelopment site at the Countess of Chester Health Park, on the edge of the historic City of Chester.

Given the prominent location of the site and its close proximity to a number of important heritage assets, design was a key issue with the Council, who were unwilling to accept a standard, ‘off the shelf’ design solution for the site, instead favouring a bespoke design reflective of the adjacent listed Georgian former hospital buildings.

Accordingly, working alongside the Project Architect, we evolved a scheme of high aesthetic quality, whilst also delivering the client’s specific operational requirements, and avoiding impacts on protected trees.

The application also raised complex issues relating to the loss of land allocated for employment development. Accordingly, we outlined to the Council the range of employment benefits Hotels and Pub/Restaurants can deliver; both directly and in terms of providing amenity and attraction to wider adjoining employment areas.

Pub Restaurant - Greene King Public House and Restaurant - Countess of Chester

Pub Restaurant - Half Moon Public House - Herne Hill

Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent was secured on behalf of Fuller, Smith and Turner Plc for extensive internal and external alterations, and the introduction of hotel bedrooms, at the Grade 2* Listed Half Moon Public House in Herne Hill.

The Victorian Pub was heavily flooded in 2013 and had been vacant for 3 years prior to our involvement. It required significant investment and works in order to bring the pub back into use and ensure its long term viability.

Working alongside Architects Concorde BGW, Walsingham Planning led extensive pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority and Historic England to ensure full applications would gain their support.

The works included the introduction of 12 en-suite bedrooms, a new kitchen, restaurant area, two storey extension, conversion of a rear garage to function room, refurbished main bar, an outside bar and seating and associated plant and machinery.

The Listed Building takes up a prominent position within a conservation area and possesses some fine examples of Victorian Public House architecture, which the local planning authority were particularly strict on preserving.

A detailed Planning, Design, Access and Heritage Statement was therefore prepared and submitted with the application, successfully justifying the proposed works, their limited harm and the benefits of the proposals.

During the course of the project, we also overcame the Pub’s nomination as an Asset of Community Value, which was awarded in relation to one of the pub’s previous ancillary functions as a live music venue. The proposed loss of an ancillary stage area at the back of the building was the subject of a 7,264 strong petition and a large contributor to the 400 letters of objection against the applications.

Despite this, Walsingham Planning successfully argued that, as an ancillary use, the loss of the stage did not constitute a material change of use and therefore was not a material planning consideration.

This allowed both planning and listed building applications to be taken to a Committee with recommendations for approval, where Walsingham Planning presented its case and Members voted to grant consent. The approvals have allowed for the sympathetic refurbishment, enhancement and reuse of the much loved Grade II* listed Public House.

Pub Restaurant - Half Moon Public House - Herne Hill

Pub Restaurant - Hall and Woodhouse - Portishead

Hall & Woodhouse’s innovative scheme for a Pub and Hotel at Portishead Quays, based upon a design by architects Mackenzie Wheeler, took as its basic premise the renovation and re-use of metal shipping containers. The project sold itself, but the planning role undertaken by Walsingham Planning was important insofar as the scheme had to move some distance from the original concept envisaged in the masterplan for the area.

The Hotel and the building’s consequent increase in height represented new elements which added to the scale of the development and the pressure on local parking facilities. In the event, the Pub/Restaurant was approved and has since won a design award for best new-build Pub.

The scheme is representative of an increasingly busy work area for Walsingham Planning, namely the provision of guest rooms in association with Pubs and Restaurants.

The old-fashioned concept of an Inn, where you can find a meal, a drink, a bed and somewhere for your horse, has been lost in the mish-mash that is Class A of the Use Classes Order; but in commercial terms, it is making a strong recovery.

Many of Walsingham Planning’s long standing clients are at the forefront of this revival, even if they are not so good with horses.

Pub Restaurant - Hall and Woodhouse - Portishead

Pub Restaurant - The White Buck - Burley

The White Buck is a Public House and Hotel located in the village of Burley, within the New Forest National Park. The main building had already been extended several times when permission was sought for a new detached five-bedroom staff accommodation block to the rear of the building.

Despite a historic precedent of outbuildings in the same location, pre-application advice indicated that the Local Planning Authority would not support the proposed development as it would be contrary to various local policies on rural and residential development. Walsingham Planning used national level policy to persuade the Authority these local policies were not strictly applicable to this project, thereby removing one hurdle.

Further discussions with the New Forest NPA indicated that a detailed business case would still be necessary to justify this development. Walsingham Planning therefore analysed the White Buck’s financial performance, staff turnover rates and staff pay rates. A survey of current employees was also carried out. Walsingham Planning successfully demonstrated that the proposed staff accommodation was essential to the White Buck’s future financial viability. We also identified the additional environmental benefit in terms of a reduction in the number of staff who would regularly commute to work by car.

Finally, we negotiated some minor design changes to satisfy the Authority that the new building would only be used for staff accommodation. Consent was granted in July 2016.

Perseverance and experience of the public house/leisure sector were vital to Walsingham Planning’s eventual success with this application.

Pub Restaurant - The White Buck - Burleyl
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