Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent was secured on behalf of Fuller, Smith and Turner Plc for extensive internal and external alterations, and the introduction of hotel bedrooms, at the Grade 2* Listed Half Moon Public House in Herne Hill.
The Victorian Pub was heavily flooded in 2013 and had been vacant for 3 years prior to our involvement. It required significant investment and works in order to bring the pub back into use and ensure its long term viability.
Working alongside Architects Concorde BGW, Walsingham Planning led extensive pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority and Historic England to ensure full applications would gain their support.
The works included the introduction of 12 en-suite bedrooms, a new kitchen, restaurant area, two storey extension, conversion of a rear garage to function room, refurbished main bar, an outside bar and seating and associated plant and machinery.
The Listed Building takes up a prominent position within a conservation area and possesses some fine examples of Victorian Public House architecture, which the local planning authority were particularly strict on preserving.
A detailed Planning, Design, Access and Heritage Statement was therefore prepared and submitted with the application, successfully justifying the proposed works, their limited harm and the benefits of the proposals.
During the course of the project, we also overcame the Pub’s nomination as an Asset of Community Value, which was awarded in relation to one of the pub’s previous ancillary functions as a live music venue. The proposed loss of an ancillary stage area at the back of the building was the subject of a 7,264 strong petition and a large contributor to the 400 letters of objection against the applications.
Despite this, Walsingham Planning successfully argued that, as an ancillary use, the loss of the stage did not constitute a material change of use and therefore was not a material planning consideration.
This allowed both planning and listed building applications to be taken to a Committee with recommendations for approval, where Walsingham Planning presented its case and Members voted to grant consent. The approvals have allowed for the sympathetic refurbishment, enhancement and reuse of the much loved Grade II* listed Public House.