As most of you will be aware, there has been ongoing building work at the Longford in the high street for a number of years. While the flats above have been completed, work on the building below seems to have come to a standstill. The original plans that were on the council’s site, showed that there was approval for a bar/restaurant. Out of curiosity, I contacted the head office of the Faucet Inn Co. that had acquired the premises, only to be informed that they are no longer going to use the building for its original purpose. When I asked what they would be using it for, they were very vague and didn’t seem to know what was going on. When I pressed them on the matter, I was informed that it was no longer going to become a pub.
Today I contacted Richmond Council’s planning department and they could find no record of future plans for The Longford and the original plans are no longer on their website. After the Jenny Lind debacle, should we be worried about these latest developments?