A Short History
Several days before we were awarded the ACV the pub was sold with the tenancy intact and and the pub continued operating. The ACV protected the ground floor and basement as a pub. The new owners quickly applied (May 2016)for planning permission to convert the upper floors into five flats. They then put it on the market again and eventually it was sold in 2017/2018. The new owner applied to extend the upstairs development to 7 flats but planning permission was refused. Around this time the owner contacted the NDF to discuss his proposals. He then reapplied to add a mansard roof (moved back from the frontage) containing two studio flats which were added to the previously approved 5 bedroom scheme. The application which also included improvements to the exterior of the existing building was approved, with support of the NDF, in June 2019, on the basis that it would help the viability and survival of the pub. The development went ahead finishing in (need to check)
What is an ACV?
Camden's website offers the following description. "Community groups can ask the council to list land or a building as an asset of community value. If the asset goes up for sale, the community are offered 6 months to develop a proposal and raise money to bid for it. This is known as the 'community right to bid'. Designation as an ACV does not, however, restrict who owners can sell to or at what price. It also does not affect an owner's ability to seek planning permission to change the use or redevelop a property after it has been designated. Once an asset has been placed on the Council's list of ACVs it will usually remain there for five years".
Getting our new ACV
In the previous application for an ACV the survey we made of friends and customers of the pub of their views about the pub, and in particular its value to the community, apart from being an excellent drinking/eating hole, was vital for success and went down well with the Camden Planning Department. We retained the list of email addresses of the previous survey responders (having asked them) and will contact them for their support again. 600 out of 800 email addresses appear to still be valid. Phew!
But we need more supporters and we hope and believe that there are many newcomers to the Alliance who will want to preserve it and we implore them to participate in the survey.