WISBECH: Pub company says it now wants to convert rather than demolish Flower Pot
A PUB chain is out to prove there is no future for the Flower Pot, Wisbech, and hope to convert it to flats. Grangeside Ltd, a pubco from Oxford, says the site has been unoccupied for two years and there have been no takers for it. After failing to get pe
A PUB chain is out to prove there is no future for the Flower Pot, Wisbech, and hope to convert it to flats.
Grangeside Ltd, a pubco from Oxford, says the site has been unoccupied for two years and there have been no takers for it.
After failing to get permission to demolish it, they now hope their conversion plans - which they say have met with an "in principle" agreement from planners- will see the building restored.
Peter Hand, of Jefferson Sheard Architects, says the proposed alterations will include the demolition of the rear single storey lean to and the building of a three storey extension.
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The existing pub will be converted to a house and flats with a three storey extension for an access staircase. Part of the car park will be developed with a new two storey extension of flats, he says.
Mr Hand says the building has "limited architectural merit" but he recognises it is a "sensitive site" along Elm Road.
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He says amendments from an earlier scheme were incorporated following objections from town councillors but believes a recent presentation to them may have won over critics.
"Overall it is considered that the site is situated in a suburb location and currently the site and its vacant building and car park detracts from the ambience of the area," says Mr Hand.
A final decision on the application is expected shortly by Fenland District Council.