Leaked document increases fears for future of The Wheatsheaf Pub

Campaigners outside The Wheatsheaf

Campaigners outside The Wheatsheaf

First published in News Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A leaked document has increased campaigners fears a much-loved pub could be turned into a supermarket.

Floor plans produced by Enterprise, the owner of The Wheatsheaf pub, reveal proposals to turn the ground floor into ‘retail’ area while the first floor is transformed into residential flats.

Although the proposals are dated as 2012 some campaigners are concerned this indicates the popular pub could become a supermarket. 

A cross-party campaign is underway to save the pub and Wandsworth Council has launched a consultation to see if it should be granted an Article Four direction.

The direction, if granted, would mean plans to change the use of the venue would have to be considered by elected councillors.

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However, Tooting MP Sadiq Khan is concerned the process is too time-consuming and leaves the pub at risk.

He said: "These plans are everything we feared to be true. They show that the owners of the pub cannot be trusted to protect The Wheatsheaf and that it is now more important than ever that the council takes action.

"These plans show the threat to our pub is imminent. If the council cares about saving The Wheatsheaf, they have the power to introduce an immediate Article 4 Direction and provide protection for The Wheatsheaf today."

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Councillor Russell King, cabinet member for strategic planning and transportation, said the council had taken robust action to help protect the pub and added: "Our plan is to take an informed decision following the results of the consultation in committee within the next few weeks."

A council spokesman said: "Approving an Article 4 Direction to control change of use without first amending the underlying planning policies would not protect The Wheatsheaf from being converted into a shop. "Approving it now would be completely ineffective in safeguarding the future of this pub."

An Enterprise spokeswoman said the documents were out of date adding: "The Wheatsheaf is a vibrant pub which continues to trade well and we remain committed to continued pub use."

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11:20am Thu 13 Mar 14

Lorraine Furzedown says...

This is what happens when money and profit trump any other considerations, like community spirit. To replace a beautiful old building with an ugly new supermarket is a disgrace-shame on the owners of the Wheatsheaf.
This is what happens when money and profit trump any other considerations, like community spirit. To replace a beautiful old building with an ugly new supermarket is a disgrace-shame on the owners of the Wheatsheaf. Lorraine Furzedown
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