Homes plan for former Newport pub, The Engineers Arms

South Wales Argus: HOMES PLAN: Former Newport pub, The Engineers Arms HOMES PLAN: Former Newport pub, The Engineers Arms

AN HISTORIC Newport pub, which was once the heart of a bustling jazz and music scene, may be turned into houses.

The Engineers Arms on Albert Terrace in Baneswell once had the longest running jazz band tenancy in Newport and held popular Monday Jazz nights.

However, the pub has suffered from financial problems since the recession and was shut down and reopened several times. It closed for the final time in June 2012.

Now owner of The Engineers, James Norvill, MD at GD Environmental, has requested planning permission to change the use of the building from a pub into terraced housing.

If granted, the planning permission would also see the demolition of rear outbuildings and the erection of a single-storey rear extension.

The pub first opened more than 160 years ago to serve workers excavating the Great Western line tunnel.

Mr Norvill said: "We’re not demolishing it, we are just applying for a change of use. It was a house to begin with and it was then turned into the pub.

"But as a pub it’s just not working. All I’m looking to do is turn it back into houses."

The council is inviting comments on the application until January 17.

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4:57pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Howie' says...

Shame, fantastic memory's of nights at the Engineers when Roger Boswell used to run it, a pub with good music, company, heart and atmosphere not like the plastic super pubs in town.
Shame, fantastic memory's of nights at the Engineers when Roger Boswell used to run it, a pub with good music, company, heart and atmosphere not like the plastic super pubs in town. Howie'
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10:17am Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

shame the old boozers are dying out, but good luck on the conversion , better that the eyesore of the king and black horse in lliswerry just rotting and making the whole area look even worse than it is.
shame the old boozers are dying out, but good luck on the conversion , better that the eyesore of the king and black horse in lliswerry just rotting and making the whole area look even worse than it is. portforever
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12:54pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portman says...

What a Shame!Bosey was a great loss to this pub many a good cramped night in the engines.
What a Shame!Bosey was a great loss to this pub many a good cramped night in the engines. portman
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1:02pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

we will end up just havingthe likes of spoons and other horrible places to take ale.real shame it is.
we will end up just havingthe likes of spoons and other horrible places to take ale.real shame it is. portforever
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3:53pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Newport Spark says...

Shocking. Newports heritage means nothing.
Shocking. Newports heritage means nothing. Newport Spark
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6:26pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

well said newport spark, well said,,,
well said newport spark, well said,,, portforever
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1:30pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Strider says...

portforever wrote:
we will end up just havingthe likes of spoons and other horrible places to take ale.real shame it is.
You still have Cambrian Road and High Street filled with Iffy's trendy theme pubs.. Granted he probally doesn't know what real ale is, but his adverts make up half the 8 pages of Adverts in the Argus!

Is there any other pubs round that Area apart from 'The London' thats been derelict?
[quote][p][bold]portforever[/bold] wrote: we will end up just havingthe likes of spoons and other horrible places to take ale.real shame it is.[/p][/quote]You still have Cambrian Road and High Street filled with Iffy's trendy theme pubs.. Granted he probally doesn't know what real ale is, but his adverts make up half the 8 pages of Adverts in the Argus! Is there any other pubs round that Area apart from 'The London' thats been derelict? Strider
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3:57pm Sun 6 Jan 13

portforever says...

angel is being converted to house or flats
hate spoons type pubs, poor service and no soul or joy to be had, not by me anyway.some people seem to spend the day in them ,sad people,,
angel is being converted to house or flats hate spoons type pubs, poor service and no soul or joy to be had, not by me anyway.some people seem to spend the day in them ,sad people,, portforever
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2:06am Tue 8 Jan 13

smokintheweed says...

It is a shame the same as when TJ's and any place I visited as a youngster shut down. End of an era. Times move on. Couldn't make money so bye bye.I would rather it not happen but....
It is a shame the same as when TJ's and any place I visited as a youngster shut down. End of an era. Times move on. Couldn't make money so bye bye.I would rather it not happen but.... smokintheweed
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