The Forum has been conducting a campaign to protect Hampstead’s famous pubs, as well as other important venues. We have succeeded in having six pubs listed as Assets of Community Value (ACV), as well two other sites.
Across the country, pubs have been closing at an alarming rate. Since the mid-1980s, Hampstead has lost 8 of its 21 pubs. Some have become estate agents, others restaurants, some retail establishments or offices. Even pubs with buoyant trade are not immune to those wishing to reap gains by converting the buildings to alternative uses.
Listing a pub as an Asset of Community Value has two effects. Under new rules, anyone wishing to convert an ACV-listed pub to another use must seek planning permission. And if the pub is ever offered for sale, the community can demand a six-month delay in which to make its own offer to buy and run it. Over 600 British pubs have now been listed as Assets of Community Value.
Since we began our campaign, the following premises have been approved by Camden as Assets of Community Value:
- The Duke of Hamilton
- The Freemasons Arms
- The Garden Gate
- The Holly Bush
- King William IV
- The Wells
In addition, Keats Community Library and Pentameters Theatre have been ACV-listed.
The Magdala and The Old White Bear pubs had already been listed as Assets of Community Value. Sadly, neither is operating at present.