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Architect plans to transform eyesore site of Romans ruins into new apartments

NEW proposals are being put forward to transform a site in Hucknall town centre which has been an eyesore for years.

The plan is to restore and extend what is left of the derelict Romans public house in Annesley Road which has blighted the street for years.

Alan McGowan, of Long Eaton-based Alan McGowan Chartered Architects, believes the plans for 13 apartments there will not only provide extra choice of homes but improve the vitality of the area.

He has drawn up proposals on behalf of Mr. S Mistry, who owns a Leeds-based property development company, and has submitted them to Ashfield District Council in a bid to seek planning approval.

The site has a chequered history. The 19th century building, previously the Lord Byron pub, closed in 2007 and was subject to vandalism and theft, causing concern to nearby residents.

In July last year the council stepped in because the building was unsafe and most of it was demolished, leaving just part of the four walls with no roof, windows or internal layout.

Plans put forward in 2011 to convert the building into 13 apartments were refused by the council.

A subsequent application for nine flats was approved two years ago but is now invalid because the building it applied to no longer exists, having collapsed.

Alan McGowan's proposals are to re-build the structure and put in another floor to create 13 apartments over three storeys, with one new-build two-story maisonette at the side.

There would be one penthouse apartment, with the rest being high quality one or two bed apartments.

“The site has been an eyesore for nearly 10 years after the pub closed, was vandalised and then fell down,” said Alan.

“The proposals would create a high-quality residential development replicating many of the original features of the former building.

“We believe this would breathe new life into the street scene and bolster the economy of this important area of the town.

“We hope that residents and councillors will be pleased with this opportunity to revitalise this sad-looking site and bring new homes close to the town centre.”

 


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