An historic Cardiff drinking hole could soon be changed into a home after a planning application was submitted.
The Westgate pub, on the corner of Cowbridge Road East and Lower Cathedral Road in Riverside , is the subject of the application which could see it turned into a single residential property or family home if approved by members of Cardiff council ’s planning committee.
Its owners, brewery SA Brain, put the premises up for sale last autumn , blaming a decline in customer numbers for the decision.
However, it does currently remain open.
No plans to change building physically
Popular with fans before and after games at Principality Stadium, the SSE Swalec, and Cardiff City Stadium, the grade II-listed pub was built in 1932 and sits near Bute Park and Cardiff Castle. It was designed by Sir Percy Thomas – the man behind the Temple of Peace in Cathays Park.
Riverside Labour councillor Iona Gordon said she hoped the building would continue to be the landmark it currently is – standing at the historic west gate to the city – and that the name would be retained even as and when the pub shut.
According to the proposals submitted to Cardiff council, there are no plans to change the physical building, other than the removal of four promotional posters which are attached to the outside of the pub.
The application says: “The change of use request will have no impact on the physical building.
‘A sign of the times’
“The proposed removal of the four promotional posters will have little to the external appearance of the building.”
And Coun Gordon added: “The fact it’s one of the last pubs in south Riverside goes to show how the community has changed over the years that there’s no longer a demand for it.
“A pub like this closing is sad, but it is a sign of the times.”
A fresh application will be made to Cardiff council in due course which will provide more details about any specific proposal to convert the pub into a residential dwelling.