Bell and Crown Dismantles Controversial Extension

Fuller's says design originally granted planning permission will replace it

Strand On The Green residents group objected to 'tawdry' Bell & Crown addition

The unpopular extension to the Bell & Crown pub is being dismantled after it was refused retrospective planning permission.

The controversial new structure was built in December last year but local residents pointed out that it did not correspond to the plans approved by Hounslow Council.

Fuller's was adamant that the new box was of the design that received planning consent but the Strand on the Green Residents’ Association accused the company of showing a 'flagrant disregard for planning law'.

Borough planners agreed with the view that the building was non-compliant and Fuller’s was required to submit a new application but that was refused.

bell and crown drawing
An image from the design on the planning application

The original planning approval had been given in November 2018 for a replacement awning supported by two narrow pillars in white powder-coated aluminium. The application made no mention of glass nor of it being an enclosed structure. In July 2019 the permission was amended to three pillars rather than two. It is this plan (ref. P/2019/1567) that will now be implemented.

A spokesperson for Fuller’s said, “I can confirm we have amended the structure outside The Bell & Crown in line with the planning consent.”

bell and crown The terrace as it looked previously

The pub, which is located at Thames Road, Strand on the Green, was first licensed as The Bell & Crown in 1787 and was acquired by Fullers in 1814 and rebuilt in 1907. It is now owned by the pub operating company rather than the Brewery which was sold to Asahi.

The pub is not listed though it was thought that designation might be changed at some point due to its well preserved architectural quality and style.

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September 8, 2020