Knebworth Parish Council

Serving the people of Knebworth

Station Pub

The Station, Public House constructed in 1883 is a prominent landmark in the centre of Knebworth. This establishment closed in February 2017 and became subject to a planning application to split the site in two, converting the garden area into residential properties.

The Parish Council believes that having a public house at The Station in the village centre is an asset to our local community. We have therefore been working with the independent SOSPUB campaign group to fight the planning application. However, on appeal the current owner won permission to split the site.

The former garden now has planning permission to build flats on it, however the original pub building is being offered for sale. We are currently in the middle of a six-month moratorium period where only qualifying community groups can purchase it, including the SOSPUB campaign and the Parish Council.

The Parish Council is therefore seeking to make a bid to buy the pub and proposes to lease it out to a local commercial operator. This is a different type of arrangement to that being considered by the SOSPUB group for a community operated pub. The Parish Council feels that its action could help protect the future of the pub from being redeveloped and provides an alternative option in the event that the SOSPUB group fail in their ambitions. However, none of these plans are guaranteed to succeed and the owner may sell it to whomever they want, or retain it, after the moratorium period.

If you want to hear more about this please come to the Parish Meeting on Wednesday 1st May at 8pm in the Village Hall as we would love to hear your views!

Posted: Sat, 27 Apr 2019 08:30 by Claire Graham

Tags: Environment, Leisure, Parish meeting