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Planners throw out Admiral Mann pub flats bid – again

Long-running battle over the future of Holloway pub goes on, as councillors vote 6-5 to reject plan to convert part of the Admiral Mann’s ground floor and upper floors into three flats

23 June, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

The Admiral Mann, off Brecknock Road, before its closure

PLANNING chiefs have rejected a new bid to turn part of a Holloway pub into flats.

In the latest clash in a three-year battle between pub campaigners calling for the Admiral Mann to be protected and its owner, Woodham Properties, Camden councillors voted 6-5 on Thursday against the overhaul at the bar in Hargrave Place.

The planning committee had been asked to reach a verdict on a proposal to convert part of the ground floor and upper floors into three flats. The application included plans for rear extensions and a basement extension to include toilets and a kitchen for the pub, which the company says it wants to reopen.

Richard Lewis, chairman of Save the Admiral Mann campaign, said: “On the face of it, it was an appealing proposition but we didn’t have any faith in it.”

Mr Lewis believed the changes could have paved the way for more alterations which would ultimately lead to the rest of the pub being converted, a claim wholly rejected by the owner.

The pub, off Brecknock Road – once a secret haunt of Arsenal’s 1971 double winners, including Cup Final goalscorer Charlie George – was closed in 2014 despite a campaign to save it by regulars from Kentish Town and Holloway.

Last year, the developer lost an appeal against Camden’s rejection of its plans to redevelop the pub and an adjacent building and build six flats. Former regulars still hope it can be reopened as it was.

At Thursday’s hearing, Kieran Rafferty, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said: “We do have an identified tenant. We are happy to invest the money to have the pub reopen before we can get into the flats.

The commercial risk is being taken by us.” If Woodham Properties appeals, a hearing is unlikely to take place before the new year.

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