Saturday 26 July 2008 6.45pm
Simon the Tanner
Pub has been sold on by the developer that had his planning permission turned down to another developer, Acorn Properties! Apparently they plan to rework and resubmit the planning application and then sell it on with planning consent for £900k. It was, until recently, on the market for £690k so they're trying to make a fair old profit for very little work. In the mean time it will continue to sit there rotting even though it's supposed to be protected by it's Grade II status and the fact that it's in a conservation area. Why can't developers realise that the last thing this country needs is more expensive, postage stamp flats? In this current credit crunch, even with planning consent, you can guarantee they won't touch it til the market picks up again. What if they don't get planning permission, will they leave it to rot some more until the only choice for it is demolition?
The sad thing is that there was someone interested in buying it at the £690k, doing it up and running it as a good independent local pub whilst living above it. Unfortunately they won't be able to afford to buy it and do it up at £900k!
When will these greedy developers learn what a community really wants?