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Closed pub fails to sell at auction

The Admiral Mann, which has been at the centre of a long-running planning dispute, has been closed since 2014

12 October, 2018 — By Emily Finch

CAMPAIGNERS say they would still love to see a Tufnell Park pub re-open after the building failed to sell at auction.

Bidders did not reach a minimum guide price of £1.3million when the Admiral Mann, in Hargrave Place, off Brecknock Road, came up for sale last Thursday.

Offers were around £100,000 short of the reserve and no sale was secured at the auction in the Montcalm Hotel in Westminster.

The pub has been closed since 2014 with campaigners unrelenting in their calls for it to re-open as it was, during a long-running planning dispute.

Planning chiefs rejected plans put forward last year by the pub’s owners, Woodham Properties, to convert part of the ground floor and upper floors of the pub into three flats.

Councillors in neighbouring Camden had said they were “not persuaded the long-term viability of the pub would be supported by the ancillary facilities” proposed. But the owners appealed against the decision with the planning inspectorate, the independent government body which rules on appeals, and that decision was overturned in June.

Richard Lewis, chairman of the Save the Admiral Mann campaign, said: “Anyone who has done the slightest bit of research on this property will see there is quite an active and angry local campaign.”

He added: “We have cost the pub owners a fortune, even though we can’t get the pub re-opened.”

The listing for the pub in the auction booklet had highlighted how it now comes with planning consent for “redevelopment of the site including multiple-storey rear extensions, basement extension, [and] mansard roof addition”.

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