Council committee defer application to re-develop Lamb Hotel in Hartney Wintney into office, retail unit and homes
A firm has been told to go back to the drawing board over its plans to re-develop an historic coaching inn.
Rebus Construction Ltd wants to convert and extend the former Lamb Hotel in Hartley Wintney High Street into an office, retail unit, flats and homes.
But the scheme has been put on hold after going before Hart District Council’s planning committee on August 15. Members deferred the application to seek extra spaces to meet parking standards. They also want the proposed parking area to the front of the site removed and a redesign of the proposed retail unit.
The pub, which dates from the 16th century and is the oldest building in the village, closed last summer and has remained vacant since.
The redevelopment plans include building a three-bedroom house, six two-bedroom homes and a one-bedroom flat in the grounds.
The plan is for a 118 sq-m ground floor office, an 83 sq-m shop, conversion of the northern part of the building to a four-bedroom house, conversion of a detached building to the rear to create two, two-bedroom houses and a two-bedroom flat above the office.
Hartley Wintney Parish Council objected, warning it had “serious concerns” regarding parking, highways issues and the design of the extension to the main building.
It said the proposed 26 parking spaces were not enough and it had concerns about the layout of the proposed development.
Parish councillors warned the "heavily screened" communal gardens could attract underage drinkers, while the secluded parking area could attract car thieves.
They added they were not in favour of the "fish bowl" glass extension as it did not work with the surrounding architecture and did not enhance the locally noted building.
Hartley Wintney Preservation Society said although pleased to see The Lamb being re-developed, it had “strong reservations” about some aspects of the design and layout.
It warned the developers own both The Lamb site and the adjacent Monachus House, yet are not treating both developments as a comprehensive whole.
Hook-based Bell Cornwell town planners, acting as agents for the applicant, said the scheme had been the subject of pre-application consultation with the council and, where possible, it had taken on board the feedback received.
“The level of parking proposed is justified within the transport statement and is considered appropriate for the nature of the development proposed and its proximity to local amenities and the public car park,” it added.
The agent said care had been taken to ensure the proposals sat comfortably with adjoining properties and as a whole achieved a high quality design that would enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area.
It added the scheme would add vitality to the high street and give the site and its buildings a long term viable future.