Hardys Pub Proposals – Urgent
Folks, my blog has come back with only seconds to spare. I’m sorry – I’m starting the new Phantom with a (truly) bad
thing, but time presses. Please don’t leave this entry to read later…
You will have seen this terrifying proposal elsewhere if you follow the local blogosphere, but in case you read only me, read carefully,for, to quote a cliche, I vill say zis only once…
We’re talking about Hardy’s Tavern – a sweet-looking, mid-Victorian, I’d say, pub in Trafalgar Road. It was recently taken over by new owners who argue that Greenwich doesn’t have enough giant, cheapo hotels.
London Taverns Ltd (based in Kent) has put in planning permission for – wait for it – a NINE STOREY monstrosity (ten, actually, if you count the ‘extended basement.’)
This is in a street that is typically TWO storeys high.
Admittedly the building next to it, another modern affair, and no oil painting itself, juts up above the rest of the street and I would argue also interrupts the height levels, but it’s done now, and it shouldn’t be an excuse to try and top it. London Taverns have clearly taken the block of flats as being the thin end of a very long wedge, and, as Thomas points out:
“What is most worrying is that it is considered “a precursor for the improvement and RESCALING of its immediate neighbourhood to be more in keeping with the importance of this main central Greenwich street”. If this building goes up then we will lose the historic East-end character which the area benefits from, and this part of Greenwich will turn into an extension of North Greenwich’s Millennium Village. ”
Hard to argue with that.
The proposed building is red and pink with ‘webbing’ across it. The designers claim it will “reinforce the
local distinctiveness of the area” and “provide and iconic marker to the Historic Centre and the Conservation Area”.
I’m not sure how it ‘reinforces’ the local distinctiveness – it’s a complete contrast to it. And no – it’s not ‘ iconic’ (god, has that word been debased recently.)
This proposal shows blatent disregard for the nature of Trafalgar Road by people that have no connection with the area and don’t give a stuff about what happens to it – implying that any old thing ‘will do’ here – that we’re already so scruffy that we can’t get any worse. Well, it can, and its name is Hardys. Just take a look at this:
For two weeks, during the Olympics, it might just attract a few tourists. The rest of the time – well, I can only
see it becoming dodgy B&B material.
If you agree, you need to get your objections in TODAY (I’m truly hoping the deadline’s midnight, or I’m giving you no time at all – soz.)
Here’s your step by step guide:
1) Go to: the council website
2) Type the reference into the box reference: 10/0994/F
The next page comes up:
3) Click on the application number at the top of the box
4) Go to bottom of page and click on visit the online form
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