Feb 8 2011 By Siba Matti
Former Reindeer Pub
PLANS for the former Reindeer pub in Northwood have finally been approved, after years of bitter dispute over the future of the site.
The land, part of the Green Lane Conservation Area in Maxwell Road, will be transformed into a U-shaped block of 11 flats, after the developer and concerned residents reached a compromise on the design of the building.
When the pub was demolished in 2008, the original plans for the site comprised a five-storey block of 14 flats, to the dismay of residents, who described it as a 'monstrosity'. It was rejected by councillors and subsequently dismissed at appeal.
The developer, Excelsior Homes Ltd, followed with a four-storey block of 12 flats, which was deemed to be 'large and unattractive'. Again, the plans were refused in June last year.
An appeal was launched against the decision and heard last November.
Although the outcome is not yet known, the developer since negotiated the most recent design with residents.
The proposals were approved at Hillingdon Council's north planning committee meeting on Thursday (3), where councillors praised both Excelsior Homes and residents for working together.
The developer will be subject to a number of conditions, including making contributions to healthcare, library, community and education facilities.
Planning spokesperson for the Northwood Residents' Association, Malcolm Ruddock, said: "While we still wait the results of the appeal for the 12-flat scheme, we hope it will be dismissed and the agreed plans will manifest into an attractive building.
"Of course, anything would be better than the Reindeer, yet it is important for residents to have a say and aim for the best design."