ACV for Flanagans

Wandsworth Council has designated Flanagan’s in Bradmead an Asset of Community Value (ACV).

This means the owners of the pub near Battersea Power Station must give the local community the chance to buy it before they sell to someone else.

Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for community services Jonathan Cook said: “This is the kind of traditional pub that is disappearing from many communities up and down the country.

“Here in Wandsworth we are doing what we can to protect these important community assets. Our decision means the pub cannot be disposed of or changed without the local community being given a chance to save it.

“Flanagan’s has played a significant role in the social history of Battersea. Because of this the council believes the local community should have a greater say in the next chapter of its history.”

From August additional powers will come into force in Wandsworth to protect 120 historic local pubs from redevelopment.

Last summer Wandsworth became the first local authority in the country to announce it was using planning laws to safeguard 120 of its pubs. It became the first council in England to publish ‘Article 4 Directions’ on such a scale removing permitted development rights for conversion to another asset class.

The pubs include The Alma, The Ship and The Cat’s Back in Wandsworth, The Bricklayers Arms, The Arab Boy and The Railway in Putney, The Plough, The Falcon, The Stag and The Beehive in Battersea, The Selkirk, The Trafalgar Arms and The Wheatsheaf in Tooting plus The Bedford, The Regent and The Prince of Wales in Balham.

Some pubs that are currently closed have also been given protection, including the White Lion in Putney High Street and The Brewery Tap in Wandsworth High Street. It’s hoped this will give an added incentive to the owners to bring them back into use.

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