A derelict pub is set to be turned into a house with seven more due to be built behind it after the plan was approved this week.

The Cat & Fiddle in Cobden Hill, Radlett, closed in May 2019 and has been vacant ever since.

It was the subject of a planning application to Hertsmere Borough Council on March 20, 2023, which sought permission for seven three-bedroom homes where the pub garden and car-park are and turning the main building into a single three-bedroom house.

During the planning process this was revised to the conversion of the pub and construction of three three-bedroom homes and four two-bedroom homes with a different design.

This was approved at a committee meeting on Monday (March 11).

Watford Observer: The area behind the pub, where the new buildings would be.The area behind the pub, where the new buildings would be. (Image: Google Street View)

The Cat & Fiddle was originally built as a home before it was a public house. The plan’s heritage statement claimed that the early 18th century construction date given in its description as a listed building is not accurate, instead estimating it was built in the early 19th century.

The building received several extensions while it operated as a pub. All but one of these extensions would be removed as part of its conversion.

Watford Observer: The Cat & Fiddle.The Cat & Fiddle. (Image: Google Street View)While it has been marketed for pub or alternative uses since 2019, there was apparently "no interest" and officers concluded the public house is "no longer required".

Parking spaces are included in the plan.