St Albans City and District Council is planning to buy the lease to the King Offa pub in St Albans and to redevelop the site as affordable housing.
The Council already owns the freehold to the pub which is let on a long lease to a brewery. At a meeting on Thursday 19 March, Cabinet authorised the purchase of the brewery’s lease, subject to contract.
It is expected that the pub will come back into the Council’s full ownership in June when it will be no longer operate as a licensed premises. The Council is looking into possibilities for short term use of the building prior to submitting a planning application for the site’s redevelopment.
Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing at St Albans City and District Council, said: “The Council is looking to redevelop the pub site at Abbotts Avenue West to provide affordable housing and possibly a community facility. This is part of a wider scheme to invest in Sopwell and provide more affordable housing.”
Plans are already underway to redevelop Betty Entwistle House sheltered housing scheme into a mixed use flexicare facility. It will provide housing for people who are either aged 55 years and above, or who are younger and physically disabled.
Affordable housing provider, bpha, has been appointed to redevelop the Holyrood Crescent site and run the flexicare facility, once completed. The Council will retain the right to nominate people to live at the new facility. Existing residents of Betty Entwistle House have been consulted about the plans and will be given the opportunity to return when the redevelopment is finished.
The Cabinet meeting was webcast and can be watched at: http://www.stalbans.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/166592.
The agenda and papers for the meeting are available at: http://stalbans.moderngov.co.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CommitteeId=117.