Boris Johnson backs Sutton and Croydon Assembly Member Steve O'Connell 's call to protect pubs from developers

The bar at the Hope in Carshalton

The bar at the Hope in Carshalton

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London mayor Boris Johnson has encouraged councils to do all they can to protect pubs following pressure from a Sutton and Croydon politician.

The role pubs play in communities has been recognised for the first in Mr Johnson's latest London plan based on recommendation's made in a report penned by Sutton and Croydon's Greater London Authority member Steve O'Connell.

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Boris Johnson and Steve O'Connell

Mr Johnson's plan calls on councils to do all they can to maintain and enhance pubs to avoid seeing them close down.

Mr O'Connell has welcomed the move but has called on the mayor to go further by doing more to stop pubs from being converted to other uses if there is a need in the area.

Mr O'Connell said: "The fact that pubs are mentioned for the first time in the London plan is an important milestone, following my recent report, Keeping Local.

"I welcome the Mayor’s commitment to help boroughs protect valued pubs from being lost, where it is possible to do so. Now we must strengthen this protection further.

"I would especially like to see a requirement for robust market testing for empty pub sites before any redevelopment can be considered.

"This means a potential developer would have to prove that they’ve marketed the site to prospective landlords for a reasonable amount of time, before planning permission can be considered for a new development such as housing. 

"I would also like to see other strict criteria such as the need to demonstrate the pub has been vacant for at least two years, ensuring the character of the street scene is not detrimentally affected, and ensuring significant features of historic value are retained."

Roger Molyneux, director of the Hoop pub in Carshalton, said: "The local pub is a vital part of any community, even for people that don’t use it. It is a place where people can congregate safely, and can help rid our streets of anti-social drinking and drunken violence in public places.

"Pubs need all the protection they can get, and therefore it is great to see things progressing."

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8:38am Tue 4 Feb 14

Crease2000 says...

The Hoop pub or The Hope pub?
The Hoop pub or The Hope pub? Crease2000
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9:00am Tue 4 Feb 14

Binsanity says...

OK to turn them into Tesco expresses though. This stinks of Cameron's cheap gimmick to allow pubs to open till the early hours during the world cup, some games start at 11pm. Going for the pub goers/football fan vote. and as usual to late.
OK to turn them into Tesco expresses though. This stinks of Cameron's cheap gimmick to allow pubs to open till the early hours during the world cup, some games start at 11pm. Going for the pub goers/football fan vote. and as usual to late. Binsanity
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

leapy says...

Hoop?
Hoop? leapy
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5:15pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Michael Pantlin says...

We have some wonderful, friendly cafes around Carshalton.where the atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food is large portions, inexpensive, tasty and attractive and you don't have to cope with drunks or punch ups.
I suggest our local cafes are the new social centres in this era of austerity, offering good value for money.
We have some wonderful, friendly cafes around Carshalton.where the atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food is large portions, inexpensive, tasty and attractive and you don't have to cope with drunks or punch ups. I suggest our local cafes are the new social centres in this era of austerity, offering good value for money. Michael Pantlin
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7:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Pawel_Si says...

Why Boris Johnson wants to protect places that are essentially being used to consume drugs that happen to be legal? Alcohol is blight to the society and politicians should rather look into ways to close down such places where people get their fix often in front of children.
Why Boris Johnson wants to protect places that are essentially being used to consume drugs that happen to be legal? Alcohol is blight to the society and politicians should rather look into ways to close down such places where people get their fix often in front of children. Pawel_Si
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8:00am Sat 8 Feb 14

Dr Martin says...

Pawel_Si wrote:
Why Boris Johnson wants to protect places that are essentially being used to consume drugs that happen to be legal? Alcohol is blight to the society and politicians should rather look into ways to close down such places where people get their fix often in front of children.
Blight to society , just like cannabis then
[quote][p][bold]Pawel_Si[/bold] wrote: Why Boris Johnson wants to protect places that are essentially being used to consume drugs that happen to be legal? Alcohol is blight to the society and politicians should rather look into ways to close down such places where people get their fix often in front of children.[/p][/quote]Blight to society , just like cannabis then Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

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