The Colonial Bar closed in November 2015, the leaseholder was unable to negotiate an extension of their 10 year lease with the site owner. The site is owned by The Wellington Pub Company. As documented on this blog a number of local businesses came forward to offer to take over the Colonial Bar but were unsuccessful in their negotiations with the owner.
The owner of the land, for reasons known to themselves, demolished the 185 year old building without having agreed future plans with the council. Shortly after the demolition of The Colonial Bar the owner submitted plans to build nine flats on the now empty land.
I am able to report that the request for planning permission ( 27103/007 ) to build new flats on the former location of the Colonial Bar/Good Intent have been denied by East Hants District Council.
Permission was denied for the following reasons:
- Proposed residential development of the site would result in the loss of land that has a community facility use and it has not been demonstrated through a marketing exercise that this use is no longer viable, or that all reasonable efforts have been made to retain it.
- Proposed building by virtue of its form and the architectural detailing of its external visual appearance, would fail to contribute positively to the character and appearance of the local built environment and would result in harm to the visual amenity of the area.
- It has not been shown that the proposal would not result in harm to the health of the trees.
- Site falls within Zone 1 Groundwater Source Protection Zone that must be protected to safeguard the quality of the public water supply. In the absence of details demonstrating how the disposal of surface water from the site would be managed, it has not been demonstrated that the proposal would not result in an increased flood risk elsewhere.
The East Hants District Council officer’s report goes on to say that the building has been demolished holds little weight in the matter; the owner of The Colonial Bar chose to demolish the building, the designated community use of the land remains.
It is interesting to note that Horndean Parish Council went on record stating that they had no objection to the new flats.There is no question that new houses do need to be built, thousands are going up in the area, it is also important to remember that community facilities need to be protected.
If you know of anyone that’d wanted to take on the this as a new venture, please let them know the current state of play. Perhaps Horndean could and crowd-fund the money as it did back in the 1950’s with the purchase of Merchistoun Hall?