Three houses to be built in pub garden


Fox Taverns have applied for planning permission to build three 2-bedroomed houses in the garden of The Welcome Stranger.

The pub, renamed the Railway Tavern, has been closed for since 2016. Shepherd Neame sold the property to Fox Taverns in January 2017.

Railway Tavern (formerly Welcome Stranger) Crowborough Hill

In the Design and Access Statement, the applicant described their intention to continue to try and bring the pub back into use:

As there are a number of other pubs locally, this would continue to be a challenge that forced the pub to close some years ago, but with a coffee, food, and more of a café concept to the Pub, this may be viable at an affordable tenancy arrangement, with allowing some enabling development on the site.

The third house would be further back than the other two, because of the position of an electrical sub-station adjacent to the pub on Farningham Road.

Neighbours and members of the public have until 20th May to comment on the application on Wealden District Council’s website: WD/2020/0629/F.

Other applications

Google Street View 2011

Other applications recently submitted include:

An extension to provide two 2-bedroomed flats on Tanners Way

Four mews cottages behind the old solicitors on Beacon Road



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  1. Why bother with trying to reopen as a cafe? There’s one over the road by the station. Why not knock the place down and build more houses? I’m glad the proposal is for modest houses (apparently) and not the usual Crowborough mansions, that are sending our young househunters out of the area. Handy for station, shops, buses, yet with room for off road parking, what’s not to like? The high street is doomed, and the only blockage here will probably be the usual nimbies, many of whom probably shop online and via the great god Amazon, who’ve contributed to the death of the high street anyway.

  2. The Railway Tavern is part of our local history. It was renovated in it’s original style.
    Everywhere you look there are new buildings, some of which resemble army barracks.

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