This post was first published by My London on 13/08/2019.
A popular Croydon pub could be saved from being turned into flats
A popular Croydon pub has been made an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in a bid to try and stop its owners selling to developers.
The Albert Tavern, one of the borough’s longest standing pubs, has been put on the market by owners Greene King .
Locals fear the pub, on Harrington Road, in South Norwood will be be demolished and turned into housing once sold.
In a plea to Greene King to resist offers from developers, concerned residents applied for the pub to be made a ACV, which would make the site subject to additional protection from development.
The application was approved by Croydon Council last week.
“The pub closing is our worst fear. So many pubs have shut around here and The Albert Tavern is a well used pub,” Jane Nicholl, member of the South Norwood Tourist Board (SNTB), a group set up by residents, told MyLondon
“We don’t want a developer to buy it and it to turn into flats. Everybody looks out for each other in the pub and it would be really sad and a disappointment to see it go.
“It’s a very busy pub and has an awful lot going on there. It has weekly quizzes, bingo and raffles. Over the year it’s even hosted wedding receptions and wakes.
“It’s been well used over the years and we want it to continue to be used as a pub.”
The original Albert Tavern building was destroyed by a bomb during World War Two, but it was rebuilt in the 1960s.
Greene King, who manage nearly 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK, have failed to reassure customers that the premises will remain as a pub when sold , despite the pub being made a ACV.
A spokeswoman for Greene King said: “As a leading pub operator and brewer, we are committed to running high quality community pubs.
“To be able to continue to invest in our estate, from time to time we have to make difficult decisions and therefore after much consideration we have decided to put the Albert Tavern on the market.
“In the meantime, the pub remains open and trading as usual.”
The SNTB started a petition against any potential development of the site in June. So far, nearly 550 people have signed it.
AG&G, who are selling the pub on behalf of Greene King, are inviting “unconditional offers” from potential buyers.
The freehold of the site has been put on the market, meaning whoever buys The Albert Tavern not only owns the pub itself but also the land beneath it.
There have been no planning applications made to Croydon Council at this stage requesting for the use of the site to be changed.