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Victorian pub in Radlett to become house

A Victorian village pub can become a house, decision-makers have said.

The Cat and Fiddle in Radlett was left empty in 2019 “following a series of years of sustained losses”.

Developers launched plans to turn the pub in Watling Street into a house last year (March 2023). At a meeting on Monday, February 11, Hertsmere Borough Council’s planning committee agreed the scheme can go ahead.


Developers can also build seven homes – comprising three three-bed houses and four two-bed homes – in the car park. In documents handed to the authority, designers wrote it would not be viable to reopen The Cat and Fiddle.

The state of the pub’s car park “blights the site and further lack of development would result in the continuing deterioration of the listed building and on-maintenance of the back land areas could result in antisocial behaviours”, they added.

Hertsmere Borough Council’s planning team confirmed the site is “previously developed”.

Officers told council members there are “discussions” ongoing around keeping parts of the pub frontage, including signage and lighting posts which are “signatures of the building”.

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How new homes behind The Cat and Fiddle pub, Radlett, could look. Credit: CMI Architecture/Hertsmere Borough Council

They summarised the findings of a market needs probe.

“Since 2019, the site has been marketed for sale, evidence of which has been provided with the submissions of the application,” a report by officers reads.

A restaurant group asked owners whether it could rent the building, they added, but the firm withdrew its interest when the site was deemed to be “unviable for this use”.

A previous bid to turn the pub into a GP surgery failed in 2020. The Cat and Fiddle was a house before it became a pub in 1878, according to Historic England. It was built in the early 1700s.

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