Drinkers' dismay as Grove Tavern in south Wimbledon faces wrecking ball

Wandsworth Guardian: Under threat: The Grove Tavern opposite South Wimbledon station Under threat: The Grove Tavern opposite South Wimbledon station

Plans to bulldoze a “distinguished” community pub and replace it with flats should be thrown out, campaigners said.

Developers want permission for the project on the site of the 19th century Grove Tavern in south Wimbledon.

But pub and beer group Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) urged Merton Council’s planners to reject the idea, claiming it did not meet the authority’s pub protection policy.

The policy insists attempts are made to market the site as a pub before it is offered for any other use.

Geoff Strawbridge, pubs officer for Camra’s south-west London branch, said: “The Grove is a distinguished late Victorian pub with plenty of space to accomodate and entertain locals and visitors wanting to enjoy a social drink and often a musical performance.”

Acts appearing at the venue in the past year include Morden band Good Shoes, cult indie group British Sea Power and rock band Funeral for a Friend.

The venue also screens sport and hosts stand-up comedy.

The bid for outline planning permission, submitted by developer Newridge London, reveals a plan to completely demolish the current building and replace it with a three-storey structure including a ground floor retail unit and nine flats.

But Mr Strawbridge said the developers had not adhered to Merton’s pub protection policy – which insists they prove the Grove is not a viable business before gaining permission to knock it down.

He said the Grove was a “valuable local amenity”, and said the number of pubs in the area had already been hit when the Princess Royal in Abbey Road closed down last year.


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9:26am Thu 1 Dec 11

mangad says...

Unbelievable. If this is not a thriving local pub I don't know what is. It's terrible that developers keep thinking they can get away with buying up pub freeholds then shutting them down to make a tidy profit.
Unbelievable. If this is not a thriving local pub I don't know what is. It's terrible that developers keep thinking they can get away with buying up pub freeholds then shutting them down to make a tidy profit. mangad
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3:17pm Thu 1 Dec 11

tjames says...

could realign morden road to remove a bottleneck.

sad to see another pub go--why not pub on ground floor with flats above?
could realign morden road to remove a bottleneck. sad to see another pub go--why not pub on ground floor with flats above? tjames
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10:29pm Thu 1 Dec 11

mangad says...

Well here I was, ready to register my objection to the development only to find it was actually submitted in October and public representations ended in November...

If I'd known in October I would registered my objection. Why did this story only appear today?
Well here I was, ready to register my objection to the development only to find it was actually submitted in October and public representations ended in November... If I'd known in October I would registered my objection. Why did this story only appear today? mangad
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