Developer's appeal may revive Morden Tavern deal

Wimbledon Guardian: The Morden Tavern, now disused, in Central Road, Morden The Morden Tavern, now disused, in Central Road, Morden

A “shoddy” deal to sell off a council-owned pub and turn it into flats could be reignited after a property developer launched an appeal to have its planning application reconsidered.

Reef Estates has appealed to the Government to overturn a decision by Merton Council’s planning committee to reject their application to build flats and shops on the site of the Morden Tavern in Central Road, Morden.

In January, Merton’s planning committee, made up elected councillors, rejected the plan, which was integral to a deal made between council officers and the developer to sell the site for a rumoured £1m.

The St Helier pub group (formerly the Campaign for Morden Tavern) said it would be working “day and night” to convince the planning inspectorate to not uphold the appeal.

A spokesman for the group said: “We are aware the planning department favours the development, but planning officials are forgetting that they are there to serve elected councillors and the people of Morden.

“The Morden Tavern affair has uncovered numerous examples of shoddy practice by the borough's planning department, as confirmed by the Audit Commission and Local Government Ombudsmen, and this is yet another example.”

No further investigations were launched into how council officers decided to market the pub, which is currently leased by the developer at a peppercorn rent after they acquired the leasehold in 2010.


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5:25am Wed 25 Apr 12

tjames says...

raise £1000000 and buy it--1000 people at £1000 each
raise £1000000 and buy it--1000 people at £1000 each tjames

9:18am Sun 29 Apr 12

Campaign for Morden Tavern says...

The SHPG has a cooperative business plan ready to put in to operation once the Leasehold becomes available to buy. We are already within sight of our funding target with a large response to our request for interested parties willing to buy shares at 250 in the cooperative venture. If residents at The Hope in Carshalton can do this so can we? The whole Morden Tavern affair has been a sorry tale of community assets being offered cheaply at the expense of the community.
The SHPG has a cooperative business plan ready to put in to operation once the Leasehold becomes available to buy. We are already within sight of our funding target with a large response to our request for interested parties willing to buy shares at 250 in the cooperative venture. If residents at The Hope in Carshalton can do this so can we? The whole Morden Tavern affair has been a sorry tale of community assets being offered cheaply at the expense of the community. Campaign for Morden Tavern

9:44am Sun 29 Apr 12

tjames says...

i would want the freehold--leasehold is very one-sided--pls email me more info--tjames@doctors
.org.uk
i would want the freehold--leasehold is very one-sided--pls email me more info--tjames@doctors .org.uk tjames

6:21pm Sun 29 Apr 12

Campaign for Morden Tavern says...

Thank you for your interest. This is a link to our newsletter that contains more information about our business plans: http://sthelierpubgr
oup.blogspot.co.uk/. Our Facebook page, Campaign for Morden Tavern, contains more details.

You are right that not owning the freehold puts us at a disadvantage as a long-term venture, so we are keen to buy the freehold outright and this forms part of our business plan. Please let me know if you would be interested in hearing more about our business plans.
Thank you for your interest. This is a link to our newsletter that contains more information about our business plans: http://sthelierpubgr oup.blogspot.co.uk/. Our Facebook page, Campaign for Morden Tavern, contains more details. You are right that not owning the freehold puts us at a disadvantage as a long-term venture, so we are keen to buy the freehold outright and this forms part of our business plan. Please let me know if you would be interested in hearing more about our business plans. Campaign for Morden Tavern

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