Pub to become nursery

Pub to become nursery

Pub to become nursery

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CIVIC chiefs have rubberstamped plans for a children’s nursery at a former Hampshire pub.

It will cater for up to 70 children for 52 weeks a year, and Hampshire nursery firm Yellow Dot have started building work at an estimated cost of £300,000.

They bought the Ship Inn pub, in Wales Street, Winchester, earlier this year and applied for its change of use on April 29.

Planning officers granted permission last month, and director of Yellow Dot, Jane Dyke, says they hope to open in January next year.

She said: “We have got the builders in gutting the place with a view to refurbishing it.

“We are very excited about it because it’s a town centre location with good parking facilities.

“A lot of our parents come from Winchester already so it will be great for lots of different families.”

Formerly owned by Marston’s, the pub closed on May 31, with Yellow Dot given the keys before planning permission had been granted.

“Obviously it was a risk,” said Ms Dyke, “but in our strategy we had done a risk management, and we have experience in getting planning permission, so it was a calculated risk.

“There was no reason why we shouldn’t get the permission. We are excited about what we can do with the building.

“It’s a good blank canvas for us to create our Yellow Dot Nursery.”

However, some residents have raised concerns about the potential traffic increase.

Robert Charles, 30, a car salesman, of Wales Street, said: “This is a dangerous road to have a nursery on, the pavement is so narrow.

“I have been hit here three times. It will take somebody to be killed for them to take notice.”

However Winchester City Council has dismissed these claims. A spokesman said: “This is an acceptable change of use for the building in planning terms.

“Highways experts commented on the application and said the traffic generated by the proposal was unlikely to be greater than for the previous use as a public house or other uses that might be permitted.”

As reported in May, the former landlords Mark and Jo Vincent were forced to leave the pub after only eight months and move back to the Isle of Wight.

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6:44am Tue 22 Jul 14

Babylon51 says...

Makes a pleasant change for an ex-pub to be turned into something useful.
Makes a pleasant change for an ex-pub to be turned into something useful. Babylon51
  • Score: 1

6:48am Tue 22 Jul 14

Barney123 says...

If anyone has ever driven between Hursley and Ampfield on the A3090 in the late afternoon when the darlings are being picked up are in for a treat: clogging up a main road, oblivious to road conditions and just because you have a XC90 or X5 means you can reverse onto a main road!

Hopefully WCC will enforce the double yellows in Wales street, because if they don't it'll be a nightmare!
If anyone has ever driven between Hursley and Ampfield on the A3090 in the late afternoon when the darlings are being picked up are in for a treat: clogging up a main road, oblivious to road conditions and just because you have a XC90 or X5 means you can reverse onto a main road! Hopefully WCC will enforce the double yellows in Wales street, because if they don't it'll be a nightmare! Barney123
  • Score: 10

6:58am Tue 22 Jul 14

Orwell's Ghost says...

Where are the parents going to park when dropping off and picking up the kids? Or are we expected to believe that every single parent will walk their kids in or come by bike?
Where are the parents going to park when dropping off and picking up the kids? Or are we expected to believe that every single parent will walk their kids in or come by bike? Orwell's Ghost
  • Score: 5

8:35am Tue 22 Jul 14

sue1956 says...

It must have a car park as it was a pub!
It must have a car park as it was a pub! sue1956
  • Score: 1

9:13am Tue 22 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

sue1956 wrote:
It must have a car park as it was a pub!
Yep it has a decent car park but it's easier to ignore this if you want a good moan. Barney has a full portion of chips on his shoulder
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: It must have a car park as it was a pub![/p][/quote]Yep it has a decent car park but it's easier to ignore this if you want a good moan. Barney has a full portion of chips on his shoulder elvisimo
  • Score: 3

9:45am Tue 22 Jul 14

skeptik says...

Ah well more memories going - The Ship a stagger away the F.I.L.O. The Willow, the Bird in Hand and the Lawn Tavern all with a couple of hundred yards!
Ah well more memories going - The Ship a stagger away the F.I.L.O. The Willow, the Bird in Hand and the Lawn Tavern all with a couple of hundred yards! skeptik
  • Score: 0

9:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

skeptik says...

..........and the Mildmay and...........
..........and the Mildmay and........... skeptik
  • Score: 0

10:52am Tue 22 Jul 14

espanuel says...

Well if the toddlers start playing up they can always be sent out to play with the cars. Joke.
Well if the toddlers start playing up they can always be sent out to play with the cars. Joke. espanuel
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

huckit P says...

sue1956 wrote:
It must have a car park as it was a pub!
Sorry... not all pubs have car parks. Just around the corner from this one is a perfect example - The Willow Tree.

Glad to see The Sun is going at last. An awful place and has to be where I had the worst ever lunch.

Agree with the comments about parents picking up their little darlings. They have absolutely no consideration for others! Self, self , self only.
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: It must have a car park as it was a pub![/p][/quote]Sorry... not all pubs have car parks. Just around the corner from this one is a perfect example - The Willow Tree. Glad to see The Sun is going at last. An awful place and has to be where I had the worst ever lunch. Agree with the comments about parents picking up their little darlings. They have absolutely no consideration for others! Self, self , self only. huckit P
  • Score: 1

2:46pm Tue 22 Jul 14

03alpe01 says...

Finally! An ex pub getting turned into something nice rather than flats, a 'landmark' Tesco Express, or 'flagship' fast food outlet. This will be good.
Finally! An ex pub getting turned into something nice rather than flats, a 'landmark' Tesco Express, or 'flagship' fast food outlet. This will be good. 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

8:18am Wed 23 Jul 14

skatesrslime says...

Orwell's Ghost wrote:
Where are the parents going to park when dropping off and picking up the kids? Or are we expected to believe that every single parent will walk their kids in or come by bike?
most pubs have car parks,is this an exception ?
[quote][p][bold]Orwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Where are the parents going to park when dropping off and picking up the kids? Or are we expected to believe that every single parent will walk their kids in or come by bike?[/p][/quote]most pubs have car parks,is this an exception ? skatesrslime
  • Score: 0

8:19am Wed 23 Jul 14

skatesrslime says...

at least it's not being turned into a mosque !
at least it's not being turned into a mosque ! skatesrslime
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

lowe esteem says...

espanuel wrote:
Well if the toddlers start playing up they can always be sent out to play with the cars. Joke.
Not
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: Well if the toddlers start playing up they can always be sent out to play with the cars. Joke.[/p][/quote]Not lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

10:36pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Pobinr says...

Yet another battery children farm for mothers to abandon their infants to sob all day or run round screaming & shouting when they get bigger!
Money making racket & we the taxpayer now have to subsidise them!
Who maintains standards?
Once every three years a tick box quangocrat comes round from OFSTED !
About as well regulated as the meat industry.
Yet another battery children farm for mothers to abandon their infants to sob all day or run round screaming & shouting when they get bigger! Money making racket & we the taxpayer now have to subsidise them! Who maintains standards? Once every three years a tick box quangocrat comes round from OFSTED ! About as well regulated as the meat industry. Pobinr
  • Score: 1

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