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Background to the Bird in Hand

The Bird in Hand had a very sad and protracted demise. The former Bird in Hand pub on Dunstable High Street North closed in November 2018 after two separate breweries failed to make the business work. This was also partly due to ongoing problems with anti-social behaviour at the pub.

Local residents also had a valiant effort to rescue the Bird in Hand but this also did not come to fruition. The reality is that the cost associated to running a pub; paying staff, maintaining the building and general upkeep is an enormous amount and to then turn it into a profitable business is a nigh on impossible task.

It is a sad reality that our culture is changing and people stay in more so competition is tough in the pub trade and many pubs across the country close every year.

Since the Bird in Hand closed the site has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour with numerous incidents such as squatters, drug use, two separate arson attacks, continious fly-tipping and even travellers in the car park. The building and it’s grounds as a whole have become an eyesore on the High Street and the new owners has had to take quite stringent measures to secure the building and the car park erecting a high fence around the whole premises.

There are now plans to demolish the run-down old pub building and provide new apartments with on-site car parking and ample cycle storage space. One of the fundamental principles of the design is to retain the mature trees around the edge shielding neighbouring properties from the new development.