Plans submitted to reopen ‘well-loved’ pub in Welwyn Hatfield village

PUBLISHED: 14:58 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:58 13 April 2018

The Green Man pub in Mill Green. Picture: Danny Loo

The Green Man pub in Mill Green. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Plans to reopen a lamented pub as part of a scheme to revitalise Mill Green have been submitted to the borough council.

Gascoyne Cecil Estate’s proposals involve refurbishing The Green Man – which has been closed since 2011 – and extending the Grade II listed building to enable development of a microbrewery.

There would also be four three-bedroom homes and five four-bedroom properties built nearby, along with wider public realm improvements and ancillary works.

Villagers in favour of the plans will be hoping it is not another false dawn, as two similar applications were submitted and later withdrawn last year.

The latest application states that: “The sites are currently unattractive and under-used and the dwellings will add vitality to Mill Green and enhance the historical significance of Mill Green Museum and Mill and The Green Man public house.

“The proposals include a variety of dwelling sizes and building types with a view to a long-term, sustainable and diverse community.

“The dwellings have been designed to be in-keeping with the local vernacular and the character of Mill Green.”

There would also be improvements made to a number of pedestrian routes, provision of new routes, and the opening up of public land which is currently fenced off.

Vehicular movement would be improved, according to the application, as off-road parking will be included for all the proposed dwellings and The Green Man – leading to fewer cars being parked on the road.

In a neighbour representation on the borough council’s website, Abbie Woodman said residents are “fully in support” of the proposals.

“Living in Mill Green now for four years it would be nice to get back the community and have a lovely space to live in,” she added.

“The pub will be a great meeting place and to support the Mill with all the great work they do.”

In response to previous proposals to revamp the pub, David Morgan, chairman of the Mill Green Residents’ Association, said reopening the “well-loved and historic” pub and enhancing it with a microbrewery relates well to Old Hatfield’s brewing heritage.

He also said it would bring “communal spirit” back to the area.

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