Decision time looms for microbrewery plan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 August 2018

The former Green Man pub in Mill Green.

The former Green Man pub in Mill Green.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Plans to refurbish a Green Man pub, including a microbrewery and nine new homes, are due to be determined this week.

According to the plans, the Grade II listed pub, which has been empty for a number of years, would be brought back into use with an extension to contain the microbrewery.

And the works would be funded through the sale of the nine new houses, which would sit on either side of Mill Green Lane.

Neighbours say the plans, which also include a village green and community open space, would breathe new life into the area and provide a meeting place.

And on Thursday (August 16) members of Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Development Management Committee will determine whether they can go ahead.

The committee report, which recommends conditional approval, says the benefit of the restoration of the community facility would outweigh the ‘cost’ of the loss of a small amount of the Green Belt for the development of new dwellings.

The applicant has stated that the nine proposed dwelling are the minimum number required to fund the restoration of the pub.

However the council report suggests that just six dwellings would be required to deliver the restoration.

And among the conditions they will consider at the meeting is requiring restoration of the listed building to be completed before the sale or occupation of the 7th dwelling.

The meeting of Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Development Management Committee will be held on August 16, at 7.30pm.

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