Plans to convert vacant Hemel Hempstead pub into convenience store and flats

The plans have been submitted to Dacorum Borough Council

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 11:52 am

Plans to convert and extend The Queen's Head pub in Hemel Hempstead into a shop and flats have been submitted to Dacorum Borough Council.

The plans, which include two two-bedroom apartments above the proposed convenience store on Lawn Lane, have been submitted by Cordage 30 Ltd to the council.

In the Design and Access statement, submitted with plans to the council, it says: "The application proposes to convert and extend the public house at the ground floor to a convenience store and at first floor from a five-bedroom apartment into two two-bedroom apartments.

The Queen's Head

"The addition of a new store will help to boost the local economy by serving residents and providing employment for 20-25 full and part-time members of staff.

"Furthermore, the proposals will contribute to Hemel Hempstead's viability by generating two new households of consumers.

"There is currently a total of 36 pubs in a five mile radius of the property.

"The immediate areas surrounding the property is residential and whilst the pub is situated on a roadside position, it is limited in respect to overall footfall and relies on regulars for custom.

"After a review of the historic trade, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the short term the property in unviable. The property relies heavily on trade from 'local regulars' and without a food offering, the business will fall short to its nearby 'destination' pub competitors.

"The current tenant of The Queen's Head is happy to support the application. The tenant has stated that the business is not a viable proposition as extra costs on security by investing significant time and money into the business, with Punch providing the tenant with both financial and business assistance.

"This statement, and enclosed documentation, confirm that the proposed development has been designed in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework, the Dacorum Core Strategy, saved policies from the Local Plan and Development Management Policies."

Concerns over parking and the need for a convenience store and more flats, at the proposed site have been raised by Nisa Local, a resident in Crabtree Close, and a resident in Lawn Lane.

The objections have been posted on Dacorum Borough Council's planning portal, where you can view the planning application - 21/00761/FUL.