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Appeal to demolish landmark pub
Red House Pub, Grangetown
The Red House Pub opened its doors 130 years ago
The future of a famous Cardiff landmark hangs in the balance after developers lodged an appeal against a decision not to allow a housing development.

Developers want to demolish the Red House pub in Grangetown to make way for flats.

But Cardiff Council refused permission to demolish the building, famed as a historic maritime pub once favoured by sailors from all over the world.

An appeal against the decision is due to take place in November.

The former pub in Ferry Road, Grangetown recently closed for business after nearby developments meant the road it is on was closed and customer numbers dropped.

It is now surrounded by new housing and the International Sports Village is being built nearby.

It would quite frankly be a pimple among it all
Geraint John, GVA Grimley

Developers say that the Red House is no longer in keeping with the area and want to build 27 flats and four town houses on the site.

But their application was rejected by members of Cardiff Council at a meeting held in March.

Geraint John from GVA Grimley who is representing the developers said: "We are now in the process of the appeal.

"We want to redevelop the area with 31 new housing units.

"What with the International Sports Village scheme and the developments already there, the Red House is already being dwarfed by things.

"And once the pool and the snow dome and the hotels and flats are built it will be even worse.

"It would quite frankly be a pimple among it all," he said.

I am fairly positive because of the decision went our way before
Jason Toby, local resident

But local people fear that the area's heritage will be destroyed if the building, on the shore at Ferry Road, is demolished.

Campaigners say it has significant historical value and want to see it turned into a tourist office or incorporated into the new sport village.

Lifelong Grangetown resident Jason Toby said that they would continue their fight to stop the building from being demolished.

"We have sent in our objections to the appeal but unfortunately our voices are a bit muted because of the whole process," he said.

"I don't like to count my chickens but I am fairly positive because of the decision went our way before."

He said that many local people wanted to see the building remain.


The Red House pub was first opened for business in 1871, and was a favourite haunt for the city's dockers.

It was originally known as the Railway Hotel but became the Red House in 1926.

During the General Strike of that year, more than 20 steamers were idle in the docks.

Crews and their families built gang-planks across the mud flats to get to the pub for refreshment.

A colour change by the brewery in 1939 caused uproar amongst regulars and it had to be re-painted red.

The appeal is due to be heard on 9 November.

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