Monday, 16 July 2018

Latinos could be turned into flats

A FORMER nightclub in Henley could be turned into flats.

A FORMER nightclub in Henley could be turned into flats.

A developer wants to convert the former Latinos in Hart Street, which closed in 2007, into two flats, one with two bedrooms and the other with three.

Hart Street Ltd has also applied for planning permission to renovate the ground floor office of the building, which is currently used by Courtiers.

The Grade II listed building used to be part of an 18th century malthouse and contains an old malting kiln. It became a nightclub in the Eighties.

The developer says the conversion would be sensitive to the building’s heritage. It said: “The external form and appearance would be improved and the fundamental character of the building respected, such that the sense of its original function would not be lost.”

Last week, Henley Town Council’s planning committee said it had no objections to the plan.

Councillor Sam Evans said: “There have been a few ideas for this site and it has been empty for longer than any of us care to remember. It’s a massive site in the centre of town and if we keep rejecting plans to use it we are going to let it fall into more disrepair.”

But the Henley Society said the building should be retained as it is the most complete example of a malting kiln in Henley.

South Oxfordshire District Council will consider the application next month.

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