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Neighbours fed up of ‘eyesore’ Croydon pub still rotting 3 years after part demolition

Neighbours fed up of ‘eyesore’ Croydon pub still rotting 3 years after part demolition
Dec 09, 2019 Shaking Hands 0 comments

This post was first published by My London on 2/12/2019.

The Selsdon Road pub has deteriorated but no planning application has been made

A former South London pub appears to have been left to rot and decay years after having its roof ripped off – apparently against council rules.

The View in Selsdon Road was closed in 2017, and shortly after workmen were spotted appearing to prepare to demolish the pub in South Croydon .

But after a portion of the pub was dismantled, Croydon Council stepped in to put a stop to works, as no planning permission had been granted.

The pub, which was formerly known as the Rail View, has apparently since been left to rot further, being labelled an “eyesore” by local residents.

A search of Croydon Council’s planning database shows that no planning applications have been made since the part-demolition at the address, where scaffolding and tarpaulin have become a permanent fixture.

The View pub in October 2016 (Image: Croydon Advertiser)

Neighbour Hilary Applin told MyLondon that she was afraid the pub would decay further and cause a risk to the neighbours.

“The tarpaulin covering the roof has already blown off once and the owner was told he had to replace it, but that too is in a terrible state now,” she said.

“For years the pub has just deteriorated and is such an eyesore.”

The Croydon Advertiser reported in 2017 that the pub had been sold by Punch Taverns to a private company.

At the time. a spokesman for Max Demolition Groundworks, who carried the work, blamed the council for allegedly giving the company “the wrong advice”, as it believed it could start to demolish the building.

The roof has continued to deteriorate after twice being covered in tarpaulin (Image: David Cook)

He told the Advertiser: “The way I see it, if you ring up Croydon Council and you aren’t sure about something, [you] ask for their advice.

“We’ve done that. We’ve asked for their advice and they’ve given us the wrong information and the wrong form to fill out.

“At the end of the day, we’ve done nothing wrong. We’ve gone to Croydon Council for advice, and they’ve given us the wrong advice.”

Neighbours have concerns the pub will be converted into flats, but no planning applications have been made at the address (Image: David Cook)

The spokesman added that he had an email from the council saying the company could starting taking the former pub down.

Mrs Applin says she and others in the area fear it is likely that residential homes would be built on the site once the pub is eventually demolished.

A council spokeswoman said in 2017: “Any developer wishing to carry out demolition work is required to notify the council under the Building Act and must be granted full planning consent prior to works starting.

“Whilst notice of demolition was given and permitted under the Building Act, planning permission was not sought.

“As a result the council has instructed the developer to stop all works on site until such a time as planning permission has been applied for and, if deemed appropriate, granted.”

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