Hillingdon Council has approved the demolition of newer extensions to one of Ruislip’s most historic hotels.
The application comes after a number of schemes were rejected.
Officers stress that this specific application only granted the ability to do physical works to the buildings and would not allow change of usage.
Plans include the demolition of later additions to the older grade II listed buildings as well as allowing a new lightweight extension to be added to the Leaning Barn and Oak Room – subject to conditions.
These conditions include how the extension is to be constructed and what materials will be used, neither of which has currently been confirmed.
A key focus of the officer’s presentation to the committee focused on heritage with the current extensions being described as not ‘fitting well with [the hotel’s] historic features’.
The council officer said that Historic England and the council’s own heritage officer had both been consulted on the proposal with neither objecting. Cllr Philip Corthorne commented on the situation the Barn Hotel finds itself in.
He said: “The closure of the Barn Hotel is a matter of deepest regret for Ruislip.” The Ruislip ward councillor continued: “There will inevitably be development on the site and I’m sure we will see further applications coming forward.
“This one, I think will enhance the heritage assets that are there already and serve to safeguard them in the future.”
Cllr Roy Chamdal also approved the plan stating: “It’s a wonderful asset to have and if anything we are getting rid of some of the bits.”
The committee agreed to approve the application unanimously.