We've had a flurry of emails and tweets today about the Ivyhouse Pub on Stuart Road closing this weekend. It seems that the current owners Enterprise Inns have sold the pub on to new owners and there are plenty of rumours that the building may be turned into flats rather than remaining as a pub.
As a private building, unfortunately we can't stop the current owners selling the building on to others who may have other plans for its use. However, the new owners would need apply for planning permission for change of use and likely for other alternations they might wish to make if they do plan to turn it into a residential property. As far as I can tell no planning application has been lodged and so no application has been granted. The planning process will allow for local residents to voice their concerns and to object to the application and in all likelihood the decision would then come to local councillors - but we do need to wait until we actually see what the new owners have planned. As I understand it, it was the planning process and the substantial number of community objections lodged that stopped the Duke of Hamilton in Hampstead development going ahead. I mention this as several locals have mentioned this to us today.
In terms of the building becoming a listed building it seems this had been mentioned in the Peckham and Nunhead Area Action plan and posts on the East Dulwich and South Central forums suggest that an application has already been lodged. I will try to clarify exactly what the status of any application is tomorrow. Anyone can contact English Heritage and request that a building is considered for listed status and I'm sure that along with Cllr Edwards and Cllr Hamvas we'd be willing to look into what this might involve. However if an application is already being processed it would be best if we tried to support this rather than starting afresh.