Developers eye up vacant Potters Bar pub for housing and community hub

PUBLISHED: 17:56 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:56 06 July 2017

The Green Man in Potters Bar.
Picture: Linea Homes

The Green Man in Potters Bar. Picture: Linea Homes

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Plans are afoot to convert a vacant Potters Bar pub into housing and a community hub.

The Green Man in Potters Bar.
Picture: Linea HomesThe Green Man in Potters Bar. Picture: Linea Homes

North-London based developer Linea Homes has bought the disused Green Man pub in the High Street for redevelopment.

The site, which spans over half an acre, has been purchased from Greene King.

The sale follows previous controversial attempts to build a care home there in 2015 and 2016.

Linea Homes now hopes to transform the site into “high quality, affordable new homes”.

A spokesman for the developer said: “The existing pub will also be restored and transformed into a community hub with parking.

“Linea Homes is in the process of developing comprehensive plans for the redevelopment of the site.

“At this early stage in their development, they envision that the community hub will be at the front of the site with new homes to the rear.

“Linea Homes hopes to be able to submit a planning application later this year.”

Gavin Sherman, director at Linea Homes, told the Potters Bar Edition: “The Green Man site has great potential to provide much-needed affordable homes for the area.

“With thoughtful design we will ensure the development is in keeping with and is sympathetic to the existing Grade II Listed public house.

“We look forward to working on the project closely with Hertsmere Borough Council and the local community.”

Plans for a 46-bed care home by Montpelier Estates were rejected in 2015 by Hertsmere Borough Council on the grounds that “the proposal, would cause harm to the significant character of the listed building and to the setting of nearby non-designated heritage assets”.

MP Oliver Dowden also contacted the borough council about the care home proposal after GP surgeries in Potters Bar raised concerns that they would not be able to cope with an influx of patients.

Revised plans were then submitted for a 42-bed care home in December, but were also rejected.

An appeal following the rejection was dismissed in April last year.

•What are your views on the proposed housing and community hub at the Green Man site at 238 High Street?

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