The Society has recently been shown the Estate’s detailed proposals for converting the Grade II listed Crown and Greyhound into a twenty bedroom hotel.
The existing ground floor bars, the restaurant, and the main function room at the front of the first floor will all be retained. There will be no alterations to the front elevation, the dormer windows or the main roof. The unsightly escape stair and kitchen vent will be removed from the rear elevation and a new lift shaft added – in matching brickwork, which will finish at second floor level so as not to impact upon the appearance of the roof profile. The building will also be completely rewired and re-plumbed.
The entrance to the proposed hotel will be from the passageway on the left hand (north) side. The large garage at the rear of the north side will be demolished and the former skittle alley converted into bedrooms and a manager’s flat. The rear function room on the first floor will be converted into bedrooms and there will be additional rooms built over the existing restaurant extension at the rear. The second floor will be all bedrooms and there will two more bedrooms in the third floor attic.
Off street parking (20 spaces) will be located partly on the site of the former garage and partly on a currently vacant site on the southern boundary. All the existing trees on the site will be retained as will the large garden area at the rear backing on to the gardens of houses in Woodward Road.
The basic construction work is expected to take around 12-15 months and the building will be out of use for that period.
The Estate has confirmed that it will be consulting local shopkeepers and residents who live nearby but the Society has urged it to hold a public exhibition as the pub is a very popular local amenity and consultation should be as wide as possible.