The Inn On The Green closed in 2016 but could now follow The Fox in being restored and reopened, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter
Plans have been drawn up to refurbish a disused pub in Palmers Green and open a guest house above it.
A developer wants to turn the Inn On The Green in Green Lanes, which closed in 2016, back into “a thriving public house and associated guest house accommodation”.
According to plans submitted to Enfield Council on behalf of a company called 295 Ltd, the proposed guest house is designed to support the continued use of the site as a pub.
The ground floor of the building would operate as a pub and reception for the guest house. The upper floors would be converted into 35 bedrooms, while a new block constructed in the rear yard would provide three accessible bedrooms.
The redevelopment would see the current two-storey building extended and converted to create a five-storey block, with the top storey set back, along with a rear roof terrace and courtyard.
This would involve changing some of the existing internal floor levels so the redeveloped building, while taller than it is currently, would be no higher than the HSBC bank on the same row.
There would also be some changes to the design of the building, with the current grey cladding replaced by red brickwork which, according to the plans, “blends into the fabric of the adjoining crescent”. Dark metal cladding would be used on the newer floors.
According to the plans, the redevelopment is needed because the existing size of the public house “can no longer be supported by the local community” and has been “shown not to be commercially viable in the area”.
Like many parts of the country, Enfield has been hit by a wave of pub closures in recent years – but there have been some bucking the trend.
In February this year another Palmers Green pub, The Fox, reopened after a five-year closure. The pub underwent a £1.35million refurbishment, which came alongside the construction of an adjoining four-storey block of flats and the creation of a gym in part of what used to be the pub.
The plans for the Inn On The Green can be viewed and commented on by visiting the council’s online planning portal and entering reference number 23/03349/FUL.