St Albans pub flats bid is withdrawn

THE owner of a St Albans pub withdrew his application to build a four-storey block of flats adjoining his premises at the eleventh hour. John McGowan, who owns a chain of pubs in and around north London including The Great Northern in London Road, was tol

THE owner of a St Albans pub withdrew his application to build a four-storey block of flats adjoining his premises at the eleventh hour.

John McGowan, who owns a chain of pubs in and around north London including The Great Northern in London Road, was told the plan was likely to be rejected.

Ward councillor Michael Green, who spoke to Mr McGowan shortly before he withdrew the plan, said: "He had not realised the strength of residents' objections but I advised him that the officer's recommendations alone were enough to convince members to turn down the plan."

The scheme to provide six flats over a four-storey side and rear extension and an existing extension behind the pub, was recommended for refusal by planning officers.

They felt the four-storey extension in particular would harm the character and appearance of the Grade II listed pub as well as the street scene and general locality.