Hammersmith looks to protect Pubs

LB Hammersmith & Fulham will look at drafting planning guidelines to protect the Borough’s locals from redevelopment into resi schemes.

The Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle reports from a planning meeting at which approval was given for a scheme to convert a Ravenscourt Park pub, the Olive Tree, into flats. They say guidelines will be drawn up to try to stop developers getting hold of local pubs with a high land value, and converting them into homes.

Cllr¬†Wesley Harcourt urged Hammersmith and Fulham Council to take action to prevent more pubs going the same way. He said: “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the sort of relaxing atmosphere that we need to wind down after a meeting like this.”

Last year 167 London pubs closed down, according to Cllr Harcourt, who said they perform a vital service and meeting place for many people with few other places to turn.

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