William Eichler 11 August 2023

Crooked House pub demolition must be ‘catalyst’ for reform

Crooked House pub demolition must be ‘catalyst’ for reform image
Image: The Crooked House website.

The demolition of the Crooked House pub should lead to reforms of the planning system to make it easier to stop ‘unscrupulous owners’ from buying pubs for redevelopment, campaigners say.

The Campaign for Pubs has written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calling on him to change the law to stop the predatory purchasing and asset-stripping of historic pubs.

The historic Crooked House pub was demolished without the council’s approval this week after it was gutted by a fire. The police are treating the fire as arson.

The Campaign for Pubs argues that this case should be a ‘catalyst’ for the introduction of a new law that prevents pubs that are 50 years old or more from being sold for alternative use until it had been marketed at the independently assessed value as a pub for at least a year.

Greg Mulholland, campaign director of the Campaign for Pubs, said: ‘What has happened to the historic and unique Crooked House pub is a national scandal, as well as a loss to the local community and its history and heritage.

‘As well as a full investigation and appropriate action, this sad and unnecessary destruction of a world-famous pub must be the catalyst for change, to stop cynical and unscrupulous owners buying up pubs to convert and develop them and to stop the endemic asset-stripping of our historic pubs.

‘We need a simple change to planning law so that no historic pub can be sold for alternative use, converted or demolished until it has been properly marketed for at least a year at the independently valued price as a pub. This would stop the cynical destruction of pubs and allow licensees, local breweries, entrepreneurs and communities to buy our historic pubs and make a success of them.’

Fixing the broken retrofit system image

Fixing the broken retrofit system

Ian Preston, Centre for Sustainable Energy, argues the retrofit system is broken and offers lessons for the Local Authority Retrofit Scheme.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Heavy Goods Vehicle / Light Vehicle Mechanic

Derbyshire County Council
£14.26 - £15.25 per hour – (2024/25 pay award pending) plus market leading package (see below)
You will need to be suitably experienced, hold a minimum of an NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) vocational County Transport – Brimington Workshops
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Traffic Installation Technician

Telent
Competitive
Traffic Installation TechnicianWhen you join our Engineering Team at Telent, you'll be empowered to innovate and drive common solutions, working close England, West Yorkshire, Leeds
Recuriter: Telent

Enterprise Architect

West Northamptonshire Council
£63510 - £66561
We are looking for an Enterprise Architect to act as the vital link between our business teams to understand what we need to do, our technology teams to drive the right strategic technology decisions for the Council and our Transformation teams to make th Northampton
Recuriter: West Northamptonshire Council

Senior Temporary Accommodation Officer

Chelmsford City Council
£37,899 to £41,562 per annum
The Council’s Strategic Housing Service is looking to recruit a Senior Temporary Accommodation Officer Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Civil Enforcement Officer

Chelmsford City Council
£24,591 to £26,007 per annum
The Council-run South Essex Parking Partnership (SEPP) led by Chelmsford City Council. Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.