Petition: Object to the retrospective planning application on The Ship

The Save the Ship Campaign have launched a petition.The Ship 1

They are objecting to planning application 15/03553/P concerning the Ship public house, 55 South Norwood High Street.

They are seeking to protect The Ship from residential development and change of use.

This petition has been started to gain support in objecting to part of the ground floor being turned into flats, and the loss of the garden.  Planning permission has been refused on two previous occasions for flats and despite the lack of planning permission the developer has chosen to complete the work and rent them out.

The campaign feel that the problems with the previous plans haven’t been sufficiently addressed in the new application. The Ship is in a conservation area and the granting of planning permission for mansard roof to create a second floor on the back of the pub would have an unacceptable negative visual impact on the area.  Should retrospective planning permission be granted without these issue being addressed, the campaign feels it would act as an open invitation for others to ignore the planning system. The new plans submitted by the developer would change half of the ground into residential accommodation.

For full details of the specific objections to the planning application and the petition, please click here.

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The group are also submitting the results of a recent pub survey regarding the Ship re-opening taken to ascertain the demand for the ship to remain open as a pub.  They point out that 90% of 200 people have stated that there is a demand for a pub serving good quality food and drink in the area.  You can visit the survey here:  https://surveyplanet.com/553268139fe1f3045431ff3d

 

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To follow the campaign, see:

Website: www.savetheship.co.uk

Twitter: @savetheshipSE25

Facebook: Save the Ship (South Norwood)

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Save The Ship Campaign raising funds to purchase The Ship pub, South Norwood

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 Ship 1

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.

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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.

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To follow the campaign, see:

Website: www.savetheship.co.uk

Twitter: @savetheshipSE25

Facebook: Save the Ship (South Norwood)

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