A MUCH-loved Gower pub which closed two years ago to make way for housing remains standing, but a new planning application could speed up its demise.
A couple of dozen, presumably empty kegs, are tucked away at the rear of The Greyhound, Oldwalls, and most of the windows are boarded up.
Drive past on the main road from Llanrhidian and you wouldn’t think the large car park was often full with real ale fans and visitors to the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The proposed demolition of the 19th Century pub and the construction of nine houses was the subject of a fiercely contested planning application, which was approved by the Swansea Council’s planning committee by just one vote early last year.
Little appears to have happened since, but applicant Chris Stevens has now applied to the council to change a small part of the layout.
The application form said this was to align a driveway to a right of access which had been brought to the landowner’s attention after the granting of consent.
The Greyhound had been a successful venture, but trade dropped and it was put up for sale for £1.1 million before the demolition and housing scheme was given the go-ahead.
The application led to 65 letters of objection and a petition with 324 signatures, but also 101 letters of support.
Speaking at the committee meeting in January 2019, a planning agent said closing the pub had given her client “little satisfaction”, and added: “The Greyhound, contrary to many assumptions, was no longer a feasible investment.”
An objector said it took a lot of hard work to run a pub but, she claimed, it was “easier to run a business down especially when there is a purpose in doing so”.
Five of the nine properties will be detached, along with two pairs of semi-detached affordable homes.
The pub’s closure appears to be benefiting The Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen, in nearby Llanrhidian. Manager Lewis Hazell used to work at The Greyhound.
“A lot of locals who used to drink there now drink here,” he said.
“Many of them were gutted when it closed.”
Mr. Hazell said The Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen was currently serving customers outdoors and intended to reopen indoors on August 3, in line with national guidance.