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'Trojan horse' anger over plans for two flats in Highgate pub building

PUBLISHED: 15:33 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 20 January 2016

Plans for two flats in the Winchester Tavern have sparked anger Picture: Nigel Sutton

Plans for two flats in the Winchester Tavern have sparked anger Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Protesters have voiced their fury over plans to convert part of a Highgate pub into two flats – branding it a “trojan horse”.

More than 30 worried neighbours have lodged objections with Haringey Council over a proposal to use part of the ground floor at The Winchester Tavern in Archway Road for flats.

Among the critics was Jim Power, who wrote: “It is a clumsy attempt at a stealthy ploy to turn the whole pub into flats.”

And Paul Ainsworth, chairman of the pub heritage group. the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has blasted the bid.

He said: “The application has all the hallmarks of a ‘trojan horse’ - the ultimate aim being to reduce the viability of the pub business to such an extent that a further change of use application will meet less resistance.”

An application document submitted to the council says the pub will remain open on the ground floor.

It said: “The main bar area will remain the same and the pub itself will see a sympathetic improvement and modernisation to current floor finish, lighting layout and interior fixtures and fittings.”

A public consultation on the plan runs until February 2.

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