The demolition of The Hanover (formerly known as Queen’s Park Tavern) has been planned by Brighton and Hove City Council to make way for the building of new homes. According to the council’s website, nine dwellings will be erected on the site of the pub, which is based on Queens Park Road.
The pub has a long history, having had a public house on the site since the late 1800’s, under many different names – it’s current name has been it’s title since 2002. Now a popular spot among Hanover residents (all of whom will be very sorry to see it go), it serves food daily as well as hosting a weekly pub quiz.
Whilst it is upsetting for many residents to see a pub they’ve visited for years close down, The Hanover is not the first pub in the area to close it’s doors in favour of new housing: in 2015 The Albion, formerly on Albion Hill was converted into a family home, and The Freshfield Inn is also supposedly also being converted.
Many Hanover residents are calling for opposition to this demolition, as there are concerns that this will increase the student population in the area, as well as further destruct the history behind the area, which many are keen to hold on to.
However in these previous closures of pubs in this area, the council, and the developers, have made the case that Hanover has no shortage of pubs: in the application for the conversion of The Albion it was noted that public houses in this area are no longer financially viable due to the ‘over concentration of pubs in the Hanover area’
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