Fourth application lodged to demolish Long Island Exchange hotel, in Rickmansworth

Fourth application lodged to demolish Long Island Exchange

Fourth application lodged to demolish Long Island Exchange

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Another controversial application to demolish Rickmansworth’s only remaining hotel has been submitted to Three Rivers District Council.

Campaigners have fought hard over the past two years to save Long Island Exchange from being knocked down and turned into flats and houses.

Politicians have rejected multiple proposals lodged by applicant Keay Homes - the latest of which was thrown out in March.

Yet the developers have lodged another application with the district council’s planning department to transform the Victoria Close hotel.

Latest plans submitted reveal designs to covert the original Long Island Exchange building in to eight apartments and demolish the existing hotel extension and construct 25 apartments and four houses.

The applicant also wants space for associated access, car parking and amenity space.

The last proposals thrown out by politicians were for 27 flats and four houses.

While the hotel is a locally listed building, it has also been earmarked for housing in the district’s allocation site list - a decision that has caused a lot of tension in the town.

The latest proposals have already received objections from residents, which have been lodged through the council’s planning portal.

Some of the comments received state that the development is not in the "interest" of the town and that the new homes will increase traffic, as well as the strain put on local services such as doctors and schools.

One comment reads: "We strongly oppose this application to convert The Long Island Exchange into residential units.

"It’s important that Rickmansworth retains its only hotel. This development, if approved, would overlook existing, long established residential properties in a conservation area."

Further objections outline the historical and architectural contribution that the hotel adds to Rickmansworth.

This is the fourth application submitted to the council to convert the building.

The saga first began in December 2012 when proposals were thrown out to demolish the hotel and build 87 flats and fiver town houses.

In March last year plans to build 65 residential units and were rejected, as was this March’s application to turn it in to 27 flats and four houses.

Reasons why politicians have thrown out previous plans have been because of the scale of the proposed building, inadequate parking and the increased strain the development would put on local amenities.

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:20pm Sun 1 Jun 14

crazyfrog says...

Keay homes same directors as a Hertfordshire based housing developer

Chase green developments based in welwyn

http://www.cgdltd.co
.uk
Keay homes same directors as a Hertfordshire based housing developer Chase green developments based in welwyn http://www.cgdltd.co .uk crazyfrog
  • Score: 7

10:29pm Sun 1 Jun 14

pr76uk says...

Why people want to keep the hotel I really don't understand. Have you seen the reviews? Knock the eyesore down (note: the hotel itself isn't listed, only the pub).

Far better to let someone build a nice new hotel in town and turn the run-down pub into something that will actually be cherished, and be worth saving.

As for 40-odd cars "causing traffic", how about the many hundreds that cut through town on their way to Watford and Croxley? Or snarl up the entire town when the M25 fails? Sadly, too much expensive posh land is in the way of any real solutions to the town's traffic problems.
Why people want to keep the hotel I really don't understand. Have you seen the reviews? Knock the eyesore down (note: the hotel itself isn't listed, only the pub). Far better to let someone build a nice new hotel in town and turn the run-down pub into something that will actually be cherished, and be worth saving. As for 40-odd cars "causing traffic", how about the many hundreds that cut through town on their way to Watford and Croxley? Or snarl up the entire town when the M25 fails? Sadly, too much expensive posh land is in the way of any real solutions to the town's traffic problems. pr76uk
  • Score: -7

8:34am Mon 2 Jun 14

ZsazsaGabor says...

Rickmansworth lost its character a long time ago. I'd bulldoze the lot and start again.
Rickmansworth lost its character a long time ago. I'd bulldoze the lot and start again. ZsazsaGabor
  • Score: -5

9:41am Mon 2 Jun 14

ZsazsaGabor says...

Now, they should divert the Uxbridge Road around the back of the Aquadrome, what's the point of all that peace and quiet in the middle of no-where? That way you'd enjoy your pint in the Tree a lot more. They don't mind if it's a Waitrose but if it's a Lidl in comes Prince Charles.
Now, they should divert the Uxbridge Road around the back of the Aquadrome, what's the point of all that peace and quiet in the middle of no-where? That way you'd enjoy your pint in the Tree a lot more. They don't mind if it's a Waitrose but if it's a Lidl in comes Prince Charles. ZsazsaGabor
  • Score: -3

9:52am Mon 2 Jun 14

TRT says...

For goodness sakes, when will they ever give up? It's a fantastic gateway feature.
For goodness sakes, when will they ever give up? It's a fantastic gateway feature. TRT
  • Score: 3

10:18am Mon 2 Jun 14

The Rover says...

TRT wrote:
For goodness sakes, when will they ever give up? It's a fantastic gateway feature.
It has the potential to be a fantastic gateway feature, but not as it is. That has got to be the least inviting looking restaurant in Rickmansworth. Keep the building and put it to better use. If that means converting it to flats then so be it.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: For goodness sakes, when will they ever give up? It's a fantastic gateway feature.[/p][/quote]It has the potential to be a fantastic gateway feature, but not as it is. That has got to be the least inviting looking restaurant in Rickmansworth. Keep the building and put it to better use. If that means converting it to flats then so be it. The Rover
  • Score: 3

10:24am Mon 2 Jun 14

TRT says...

The Rover wrote:
TRT wrote:
For goodness sakes, when will they ever give up? It's a fantastic gateway feature.
It has the potential to be a fantastic gateway feature, but not as it is. That has got to be the least inviting looking restaurant in Rickmansworth. Keep the building and put it to better use. If that means converting it to flats then so be it.
Conversion, yes. Demolition, no.
[quote][p][bold]The Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: For goodness sakes, when will they ever give up? It's a fantastic gateway feature.[/p][/quote]It has the potential to be a fantastic gateway feature, but not as it is. That has got to be the least inviting looking restaurant in Rickmansworth. Keep the building and put it to better use. If that means converting it to flats then so be it.[/p][/quote]Conversion, yes. Demolition, no. TRT
  • Score: 3

8:06pm Thu 12 Jun 14

ZsazsaGabor says...

now the Police Station....well I did email the Save Rickmansworth for the Very Rich people society, not a bit interested, didn't even get back to me.

It was such a lovely building. Our little Trumpton Police Station, the blue panels, the brick work, the flat roof that as you walked up round the bend chimed in with the Train Station lovely.

Our property, probably built to high standards out of good quality materials with actual aesthetics.......gon
e for ever for some old slag. And the money of our land? Our building? Evaporated into nothing, a building of no worth to any of you handed away for nothing.

this town died a long time ago.
now the Police Station....well I did email the Save Rickmansworth for the Very Rich people society, not a bit interested, didn't even get back to me. It was such a lovely building. Our little Trumpton Police Station, the blue panels, the brick work, the flat roof that as you walked up round the bend chimed in with the Train Station lovely. Our property, probably built to high standards out of good quality materials with actual aesthetics.......gon e for ever for some old slag. And the money of our land? Our building? Evaporated into nothing, a building of no worth to any of you handed away for nothing. this town died a long time ago. ZsazsaGabor
  • Score: 0

8:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

ZsazsaGabor says...

save the Comet Building. Bulldoze the rose garden, **** the lot of you. you're all screaming inside to not say things, of how you're treated, of how your stupid, and you treated. And slowly close , close , close away from the sun the light , beauty. and we go...dissipated. that didn't walk here, didn't live here, didn't speak.
save the Comet Building. Bulldoze the rose garden, **** the lot of you. you're all screaming inside to not say things, of how you're treated, of how your stupid, and you treated. And slowly close , close , close away from the sun the light , beauty. and we go...dissipated. that didn't walk here, didn't live here, didn't speak. ZsazsaGabor
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree