The Save the Ship Campaign group have launched an initiative to raise money to purchase or lease the Ship Public house, Norwood Junction, London, SE25.
The pub has been at the centre of a planning fight between a developer and residents. Save the Ship Campaign claim that the developer has made The Ship into flats without planning permission after two failed applications. The developer is now liaising with Croydon Council to have a retrospective planning application approved, which will include re-instated the pub on the ground floor and basement.
The pub has been listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). This means that even if the developer wants to sell the property he has to give first refusal to ‘Save the Ship Campaign’ as the nominating organisation.
Mark Pickering who is named on the ACV says,
“Planning enforcement is so poor in Croydon, the only way residents can protect pubs and shops is to rally together and purchase them.
We want to ensure that the Ship is refurbished sympathetically and is a pub that residents in the local area would like to drink in. Our pub survey has indicated that there is a demand in the area for a good quality CAMRA pub serving excellent food and drink.”
To ensure the future of the Ship, campaigners are now focusing on raising the funds to purchase the Ship and secure the building’s future.
The campaigners have contacted the owner to advise him that they would like to purchase or lease the pub should it be put up for sale. Currently, if this were to happen, it’s ACV listing would mean that the owner would be legally obliged to advise the council, and offer it for sale to the Save the Save the Ship Campaign who would have six months to raise the purchase price before it is placed on open market. The owner’s planning adviser has informed the campaigners that he’s currently getting a valuation on the building.
PUBLIC MEETING BY THE CAMPAIGN on 18 August
There is a meeting on 18th August at 8pm at the Goldcoast Pub, Upstairs bar, Portland Road, London, SE25 to discuss the current planning issues and the group’s plans to raise money to buy the Ship.
The campaign hopes to raise £200k to buy the pub through community shares valued at approximately £50 per share. The maximum number of shares an individual can purchase is £20,000. The community shares will be topped up by a mortgage, grants and social enterprise loans. The pub will be a community co-op pub owned by the community.
To follow the campaign, see:
Facebook: Save the Ship (South Norwood)