An application currently before planners (Redbridge ref: 2908/14) is seeking permission to convert the pub building into four self-contained flats, and to construct a new block of flats on the car park. In total there would be 10 two-bedroom flats, and two three-bedroom flats.
The Queenâ€™s British Steak House restaurant closed down in the spring having changed hands a number of times since its days as the British Queen pub. Records for the pub on that site go back at least until the 1870s and possibly further. It is currently being used as a branch of Grill Garden.
The planning documents say the goals for the scheme are to â€œredevelop an unviable commercial site into high quality residential accommodationâ€ It would, the application says, make â€œa positive contribution to the surrounding street environment and residential areaâ€ and â€œfill an incongruous gapâ€ in the street.
It would also, it says, â€œpreserve a characterful Victorian building for future generationsâ€.
A number of residents have objected to the scheme on grounds including that it would â€œruin the character of the Wanstead areaâ€ and create noise and disturbance. One resident does â€œwelcome the new developmentâ€¦ as an opportunity to tidy the area up as local residents have put up with an awful lot of inconvenience and noise from the British Queen over the yearsâ€ (a sentence which, outside the context of New Wanstead, would possible constitute treason).
The issue of parking does pose some problems, though, since the plan includes only 10 parking spaces and one disabled space for the entire development.