Two self-contained flats would be built in former pub
One of the bus stops were the digital ad display (right) would be placed
December 4, 2022
Any remaining hopes of a revival of the Duke of York pub seem to be fading fast after an application (P/2022/3742) was submitted to convert the building into housing.
Having been vacant since 2018, the proposal is being made for two self-contained flats at the corner of Devonshire Road and Fraser Stret.
The application claims that ‘due to its poor location’ the pub struggled and therefore such a business could not operate at the site and a change of use is justified.
The building was designed by architect Nowell Parr (1846-1933) who is known for pub architecture and designed many public houses for Fullers Brewery in the early twentieth century. He is believed to have been influenced by Norman Shaw who was involved in the development of Bedford Park around the same time including the design of the Tabard Pub which he built in 1880.
Nowell Parr used architectural terracotta such as from Royal Doulton which can be seen on the ground floor external walls of the Duke of York justifying a local listing.
There is already a three-bedroom apartment at the site and the property has a basement.
The proposal involves forming new openings to rear and flank walls to the existing building fabric together with an attic-level balcony. In addition, it is planned to upgrade the street-facing facade to bring them back to what the architect believes was its original condition.
The plans have been submitted by Tsuruta Architects was established by Taro Tsuruta, a Japanese architect who has worked with previously worked with other design practices including Portcullis House in Westminster before setting up his own studio.
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