Red Lion permanently lost to the village; change of use already approved
Update from the Colnbrook Community Association
The Colnbrook Community Association, which was alerted to illegal works at the closed Red Lion pub and in turn alerted Slough Borough Council, has been advised that the pub will has been lost for good.
On 14th June the CCA wrote to Slough Borough Council following a number of complaints received from its members regarding the redevelopment at the Red Lion Public House, pictured above in 1939. The response received on July 11th was as follows;
Dear Mr Burke,
Further to your recent emails to my colleague Mr Gavin Treen on the 14 June and 10 July 2013 in respect of the Red Lion Public House. I apologise on behalf of Mr Treen for not contacting you earlier.
I would advise you that the unauthorised work on the interior of the building was stopped by planning enforcement officers and no further work is currently being undertaken on site. Planning enforcement officers met up with the owner and advised him that unless works stopped then the Council would have no further option but to apply for an injunction on the site stopping further work. The owner has subsequently expressed his desire to work with the Council and restore the building back into operational use.
The council’s historic buildings consultant has surveyed the premises both externally and internally and a schedule of works that can be regarded as acceptable to the Council has been prepared and submitted to the owner to use as a template for a listed building application for both internal and external works to be carried out.
The owners agent will be shortly be submitting a full listed building application for the Council to consider. All interested parties will be consulted for their observations and comments. In the meantime all building work on the premises is held in abeyance until at such point as listed building consent is granted by the Council for all the work required to convert the public house into a part A5 takeaway on the ground floor and A1 retail shop with a residential flat on the first floor.
You will recall that planning permission has already been granted by the Council for the changes of use to the public house (planning reference P/11509/002 granted on the 4 July 2012).
I trust this email gives you a full explanation of events. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me at my email address or on telephone number 01793 875811.
Planning Enforcement Officer
We have added the highlight as we were NOT aware that the original planning application had been approved, save for the change to the first floor from “multiple occupancy” to “residential flat”. We also notice that there is no reference to the large room which runs for the whole length of the 2nd floor of the building and which could certainly become another self contained flat. The Red Lion was Grade II listed in 1985. According to its British Listed Buildings reference it was built in the 17th century and re-fronted in the 18th. The permanent loss of this public house is a big loss to the village.