Search

New owner of Primrose Hill pub The Albert promises to ‘look after community’ by keeping pub open

12:30 20 June 2014

Campaigners outside The Albert Pub, Primrose Hill protesting against the pub

Campaigners outside The Albert Pub, Primrose Hill protesting against the pub's sale. Picture: Mark Hakansson.

Archant

A businessman behind plans to redevelop a much-loved Primrose Hill pub has promised he will “look after the community” by ensuring the pub remains open and improves in the future.

More than 300 residents, including TV stars Matthew Wright and Dermot O’Leary, have signed a petition calling for The Albert pub, in Princess Road, to be saved from closure.

It follows an application to Camden Council from Springcroft Constructions, which recently bought the freehold of the building, to build three flats above the pub.

Residents believe the application will be the first of many which will eventually result in the pub’s closure and a conversion of the entire building into homes.

But the businessman behind the application, who did not wish to be named, told the Ham&High: “I’m not coming as a robust property shark. I’m trying to look after the community, to better what they have because it’s not working at the moment.

“If we want to keep the pub open, we have to do something about it. It is not viable as it is. We own pubs, we are not developers. We sell beer and we make a lot of money from it.”

The businessman, who belongs to a “group” which owns numerous pubs across north London and is believed to be linked to the acquisition of Hampstead’s Old White Bear pub, plans to build three flats above the pub to boost income from private tenants.

This week, campaigners in Hampstead celebrated a decision from Camden Council to issue a permanent Article 4 Direction in relation to the Old White Bear, in Well Road, requiring a developer to submit a planning application for any change of use.

It is understood The Albert’s current landlord will move out within a year, at which point Springcroft Constructions will look to install a new landlord as quickly as possible.

There are also future plans for a basement extension – to house extra toilets, a kitchen and possibly a function room – and a “two-bed cottage” in the pub’s garden, which the new owner claims is currently under-used.

Primrose Hill resident and campaigner Phil Cowan, who set up the petition, does not believe the pub’s new owner has plans to keep the Victorian pub open.

He said: “What he’s planning is to submit a series of incremental planning applications which make the pub financially unviable and then he can ask for a change of use and the council has a legal obligation to approve it.

“It’s one of Primrose Hill’s most popular pubs. More than that, it’s a community pub. It’s used by community groups, by sports people, even the church nearby uses it on Sundays.

“If The Albert goes then Primrose Hill would be looking like a dormitory town, where there is nowhere for people to gather and have fun.”

To sign Mr Cowan’s petition, visit change.org/petitions/save-the-albert-pub-petition-here

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

12:00
Latest plans to redevelop Mansfield Bowling Club went on show on Monday. Picture: Generator Group

The quango in charge of English sport has objected to a controversial scheme to build housing on a historic bowling green.

Yesterday, 16:22
Teenagers were attacked on Parliament Hill (Pic credit: PA)

Young teenagers at a birthday gathering on Hampstead Heath were stabbed and bottled by a gang of older youths who robbed them of mobile phones and cash.

Fri, 16:40
Hugo Duggan, pictured in 2010 during the family's Justice For Jeremiah campaign. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The father of a Golders Green student who died in Germany in 2003 after becoming involved with a far-right cult has finally opened a birthday card sent from his son just before his death.

Fri, 15:37
Brookfield Park Surgery will move to Highgate

Two doctors have applied to turn their GP surgery into flats ahead of the practice’s move to Highgate.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder