Planning inspector rules Hackney’s Chesham Arms must remain a pub

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Campaigners have won their fight to save the Chesham Arms as a pub
Campaigners have won their fight to save the Chesham Arms as a pub
Campaigners are celebrating victory in their fight to stop a vacant Hackney pub being turned into flats.

Planning inspector John Murray today rejected an appeal by Mukund Patel, the owner of the Chesham Arms in Mehetabel Road, against Hackney Council’s enforcement notice. The notice had been issued after Patel converted part of the upper floor into a flat.

It means the Chesham Arms remains in the A4 (pub) planning class but because Patel is using the ground floor as an office he is allowed to continue with that use until March 2016.

The inspector concluded that the loss of the pub, which is registered as an asset of community value, would damage the character of the conservation area.

Save the Chesham secretary James Watson told the PMA: “While this isn’t quite the total victory we were hoping for, it’s great news that the appeal has been dismissed and the inspector has recognised how important it is that this building remains as a pub.

“However, this once again shows the damage done by Eric Pickles’ senseless decision to allow historic pubs to be turned into empty offices. Permitted development rights are killing pubs.”

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Wakey Wakey

Posted by david,

Seems from local press reports, Plan 'E' is to cut and run:

"Tony Allen, who represents Mr Patel, has stated that no formal offers have been made and said: “The door is always open if somebody wants to discuss a purchase or lease".

What price does a filleted non-trading property shell command for use as a pub?

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Well beyond a Plan B

Posted by david,

Oh, I think this maverick is well past the Plan 'B' stage.

Plan 'B' was for him to appeal the Council's grant of ACV status. He lost that appeal, so on to Plan 'C'.

Plan 'C' was to defy the Council's enforcement notice by continuing to illegally convert the upper part of the building into a flat - not his brightest move. So on to Plan 'D'.

Plan 'D' was to challenge the enforcement notice with the Planning Inspectorate at a 3-day public enquiry. The Planning Inspectorate upheld the council's enforcement notice.

Plan 'E' required. With the council's actions being vindicated by the Planning Inspectorate, and the council stating it recognises the historic, cultural and social significance of the Chesham Arms and its insistence that its use class must remain as A4 (pub), one wonders what a viable Plan 'E' might be?

The guy isn't Bovis Homes or Barratt Homes!

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Not Unusual

Posted by RFM,

For developers to sit on land or property for years. So I don't expect they need advice. They probably anticipated it anyway.

Do you think Mr Taylor they would be stupid enough so as not to have a plan B.

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