Saved Brighton pub to be converted into flats

Saved Brighton pub to be converted into flats

Saved Brighton pub to be converted into flats

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A pub is to be converted into flats just three months after hosting a party celebrating its survival from closure.

The London Unity began the year under the threat of closure in January after then landlord Allan Leach claimed owner Enterprise Inns wanted to sell the 150 year-old pub to property developers.

A campaign to save the pub in Islingword Road, Brighton, was launched and the pub’s new management held an event in June celebrating its survival.

Now just three months on, Enterprise has confirmed that the sale of the site with no restrictions on its future use should be completed by the end of the year.

A planning application submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council at the start of this month asks for permission to convert the pub into one two-bedroom home and a three-bedroom home.

The application has been made by London-based developers CIP (Hampstead) Ltd with Brighton based Archangels Architects working as their agents.

A member of staff at the pub told The Argus yesterday: “We have worked really hard through the summer but it has been really difficult with families going away on their holidays and students going back home.

“We just hope we can give the place a really good send-off for however long we have left here.

“Personally I think if someone was to buy this as a pub and they were able to bring in what beer they want and that someone was really dedicated, I have no doubt in my mind that this could be a really busy pub.”

A spokeswoman for Enterprise Inns, who also own the nearby Greys and the Geese, said: “As part of the on-going development of our pub estate, we do from time to time identify a pub that we feel no longer has a long-term future in our estate.

“After careful consideration, the decision was taken to sell the London Unity freehold, with no restrictions on future use.

“We have now exchanged contracts and the sale is expected to complete towards the end of the year.”

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7:46am Wed 25 Sep 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Can't the Council make it an Asset of Community Value (like they did with the Black Horse at Amberley)?
Can't the Council make it an Asset of Community Value (like they did with the Black Horse at Amberley)? Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: 22

7:49am Wed 25 Sep 13

HJarrs says...

Enterprise Inns kills another pub, but that is what happens when you let a hedge fund take over.
Enterprise Inns kills another pub, but that is what happens when you let a hedge fund take over. HJarrs
  • Score: 39

8:57am Wed 25 Sep 13

Vigilia says...

What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink?
What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink? Vigilia
  • Score: 0

9:02am Wed 25 Sep 13

s&k says...

Moe student accommodation. Is it me or does Brighton feel really cramped?
Moe student accommodation. Is it me or does Brighton feel really cramped? s&k
  • Score: 18

9:03am Wed 25 Sep 13

kult_dj_mandingo_blitt says...

HJarrs wrote:
Enterprise Inns kills another pub, but that is what happens when you let a hedge fund take over.
I agree, seems Enterprise have made absolutely certain it is killed off as a public house to protect the interests of their other pubs in Hanover, to say they are selling the freehold with no restrictions to future use translates as they have gone to great lengths to make sure the freehold of the building is sold to a developer. the building went on the market at the beginning of the year as offers in the region of £375k, a friend made an enquiry and got nowhere, they really didn't have any interest in selling to him perhaps he should have put 'development Plc' just after his name. This pub would have been so good as a free house, really sad to see it go
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Enterprise Inns kills another pub, but that is what happens when you let a hedge fund take over.[/p][/quote]I agree, seems Enterprise have made absolutely certain it is killed off as a public house to protect the interests of their other pubs in Hanover, to say they are selling the freehold with no restrictions to future use translates as they have gone to great lengths to make sure the freehold of the building is sold to a developer. the building went on the market at the beginning of the year as offers in the region of £375k, a friend made an enquiry and got nowhere, they really didn't have any interest in selling to him perhaps he should have put 'development Plc' just after his name. This pub would have been so good as a free house, really sad to see it go kult_dj_mandingo_blitt
  • Score: 26

10:05am Wed 25 Sep 13

Mel Shock says...

the time for developing places in to student accomadtion has to stop..........Bright
on is losing some lovely buildings and venues to more badly produced thrown up flats/studios.
Buy to let mortgages and student accoms are not doing Brighton any favours........

Another good pub will bite the dust...........a sad day
the time for developing places in to student accomadtion has to stop..........Bright on is losing some lovely buildings and venues to more badly produced thrown up flats/studios. Buy to let mortgages and student accoms are not doing Brighton any favours........ Another good pub will bite the dust...........a sad day Mel Shock
  • Score: 27

12:06pm Wed 25 Sep 13

Man of steel says...

On a personal note, I feel that if Allan Leach had spent less time outside smoking, or playing poker in the back bar, and more time looking after his beer and customers, the pub would not have gone down-hill so fast.
Look how popular it was with Lucy running it, and to a slightly lesser extent, because of the rumours put about by a previous member of staff, with James.
On a personal note, I feel that if Allan Leach had spent less time outside smoking, or playing poker in the back bar, and more time looking after his beer and customers, the pub would not have gone down-hill so fast. Look how popular it was with Lucy running it, and to a slightly lesser extent, because of the rumours put about by a previous member of staff, with James. Man of steel
  • Score: 13

12:13pm Wed 25 Sep 13

yesthenwithers says...

A sad day yes. But there were so many signatures on the petition to save it, and no-one bloody turned up!!
I feel I should mention that I don't work there to protect the people that do, but you (whoever you are) have yourselves to blame for signing something you didn't really care about. Probably just to make you feel as if you had done your good deed for the day. That's about it, I imagine....Congrats
A sad day yes. But there were so many signatures on the petition to save it, and no-one bloody turned up!! I feel I should mention that I don't work there to protect the people that do, but you (whoever you are) have yourselves to blame for signing something you didn't really care about. Probably just to make you feel as if you had done your good deed for the day. That's about it, I imagine....Congrats yesthenwithers
  • Score: 10

12:39pm Wed 25 Sep 13

clubrob6 says...

Bad news the pub is a place where the local community meets up,the area will just become like lots of areas around brighton and hove a place where you don't even say goodmorning to you neighbour.Community spirit is on its way out.There are loads of places not used above shops all over the city,if they were all converted we would not have a shortage of properties and the people that occupy them can use the pub.Quite simple this and many pubs are in the wrong hands.
Bad news the pub is a place where the local community meets up,the area will just become like lots of areas around brighton and hove a place where you don't even say goodmorning to you neighbour.Community spirit is on its way out.There are loads of places not used above shops all over the city,if they were all converted we would not have a shortage of properties and the people that occupy them can use the pub.Quite simple this and many pubs are in the wrong hands. clubrob6
  • Score: 8

1:00pm Wed 25 Sep 13

VegasSeagull says...

Be it a pub, cafe or restaurant the only thing that keeps the doors open is profit. As a previous manager and owner of pubs both in and out of Brighton, I know how hard it is to make a profit, and the days of the corner local are numbered. A pub closes it's doors because the locals fail to walk thru them in enough numbers, you can't survive on just a decent friday and saturday night.
If four pubs exist within a short walk from your home, two of them have to go to allow the other two to survive. It's not the owners who decide which pub to close and which to keep open, it's the customers. If you don't go thru the doors and spend your money then you will lose what you are not using, simple economics. If you choose to shop at Asda rather than your corner shop, should you be surprised if the corner store closes.
Be it a pub, cafe or restaurant the only thing that keeps the doors open is profit. As a previous manager and owner of pubs both in and out of Brighton, I know how hard it is to make a profit, and the days of the corner local are numbered. A pub closes it's doors because the locals fail to walk thru them in enough numbers, you can't survive on just a decent friday and saturday night. If four pubs exist within a short walk from your home, two of them have to go to allow the other two to survive. It's not the owners who decide which pub to close and which to keep open, it's the customers. If you don't go thru the doors and spend your money then you will lose what you are not using, simple economics. If you choose to shop at Asda rather than your corner shop, should you be surprised if the corner store closes. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 16

1:02pm Wed 25 Sep 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Vigilia wrote:
What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink?
Pubs. There's more to cities than making them glorified dormitories. Besides the one thing that me and Brighton Council agree on is that we don't want any more people in Brighton, it's full enough already!
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink?[/p][/quote]Pubs. There's more to cities than making them glorified dormitories. Besides the one thing that me and Brighton Council agree on is that we don't want any more people in Brighton, it's full enough already! Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: 14

1:27pm Wed 25 Sep 13

GovindaTim says...

Any guesses as to what these properties will have to be sold for to provide a profit for the developers. oiro £375,000 for the property, then conversion costs and profit for the developer means these will not be affordable for the majority of Brighton residents. Its a shame but I suppose if the customers were not walking through the doors, a result like this was inevitable.
Any guesses as to what these properties will have to be sold for to provide a profit for the developers. oiro £375,000 for the property, then conversion costs and profit for the developer means these will not be affordable for the majority of Brighton residents. Its a shame but I suppose if the customers were not walking through the doors, a result like this was inevitable. GovindaTim
  • Score: 1

3:05pm Wed 25 Sep 13

gheese77 says...

Sad to see another old Brighton pub gone. I had some good nights in there when I used to live in Hanover.
Sad to see another old Brighton pub gone. I had some good nights in there when I used to live in Hanover. gheese77
  • Score: 8

8:52pm Wed 25 Sep 13

whatevernext2013 says...

HJarrs wrote:
Enterprise Inns kills another pub, but that is what happens when you let a hedge fund take over.
your wrong what killed the pub like any other pub is not enough folk spending in them ,its easy to point the finger but if your beloved green council lowered rates and stopped running people out of there cars more people would/could spend money in this soon to be a one saloon town
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Enterprise Inns kills another pub, but that is what happens when you let a hedge fund take over.[/p][/quote]your wrong what killed the pub like any other pub is not enough folk spending in them ,its easy to point the finger but if your beloved green council lowered rates and stopped running people out of there cars more people would/could spend money in this soon to be a one saloon town whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

6:48am Thu 26 Sep 13

rogerthefish says...

What really killed this pub and others was pint cans of beer available everywhere at £1 or a decent bottle of wine at the same price of a dodgy glass. Internet browsing, facebook for woman-staring at norks for blokes etc.etc
What really killed this pub and others was pint cans of beer available everywhere at £1 or a decent bottle of wine at the same price of a dodgy glass. Internet browsing, facebook for woman-staring at norks for blokes etc.etc rogerthefish
  • Score: 5

9:09am Thu 26 Sep 13

qm says...

Vigilia wrote:
What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink?
Oh places to drink without question! Never enough places to get ratted and bemoan the lack of accommodation in the town ;)
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink?[/p][/quote]Oh places to drink without question! Never enough places to get ratted and bemoan the lack of accommodation in the town ;) qm
  • Score: 2

2:45pm Thu 26 Sep 13

farang says...

There are two other pubs nearby so what's all the fuss about!
There's only two pubs between Lewes and Newhaven!
Brighton needs more affordable accomodation, or rather accomodation that has reasonable rents/prices instead of the sky high ones demanded by many rip-off landlords and realtors.
There are two other pubs nearby so what's all the fuss about! There's only two pubs between Lewes and Newhaven! Brighton needs more affordable accomodation, or rather accomodation that has reasonable rents/prices instead of the sky high ones demanded by many rip-off landlords and realtors. farang
  • Score: -2

5:43pm Thu 26 Sep 13

Poem58 says...

I feel for the poor pub landlords in this recessionary time.

Caught between the greedy breweries, loss leading supermarkets and high government taxes on alcohol products they aren't in a good space at the moment.

Pubs and cafes are the hub of the community.... and God knows our city centres don't need any MORE life being sucked out of them.
I feel for the poor pub landlords in this recessionary time. Caught between the greedy breweries, loss leading supermarkets and high government taxes on alcohol products they aren't in a good space at the moment. Pubs and cafes are the hub of the community.... and God knows our city centres don't need any MORE life being sucked out of them. Poem58
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Thu 26 Sep 13

Poem58 says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
Vigilia wrote:
What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink?
Pubs. There's more to cities than making them glorified dormitories. Besides the one thing that me and Brighton Council agree on is that we don't want any more people in Brighton, it's full enough already!
Yes, there's a LOT of people crammed into Brighton town centre.

And with developments imminent @ the Co-op building London rd and the old Fruit & Veg market in Circus st we should prepare ourselves for a further influx of fun loving students!

(planning permission granted by a former council I believe - so unfortunately no Green bashing op here folks)
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: What is needed more in this City, places to live or places to drink?[/p][/quote]Pubs. There's more to cities than making them glorified dormitories. Besides the one thing that me and Brighton Council agree on is that we don't want any more people in Brighton, it's full enough already![/p][/quote]Yes, there's a LOT of people crammed into Brighton town centre. And with developments imminent @ the Co-op building London rd and the old Fruit & Veg market in Circus st we should prepare ourselves for a further influx of fun loving students! (planning permission granted by a former council I believe - so unfortunately no Green bashing op here folks) Poem58
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Thu 26 Sep 13

andyfm says...

It was a dump!!! Why do people get so upset when a pub....club...or whatever close,s.
All people have to do is frequent the place and no problem!!!!
It was a dump!!! Why do people get so upset when a pub....club...or whatever close,s. All people have to do is frequent the place and no problem!!!! andyfm
  • Score: 0

7:22am Fri 27 Sep 13

pearlygrey says...

I was shocked recently at the emptiness of Hanover pubs on a Friday night. I went with a friend to the Constant, the Napier and the Dover Castle in search of some atmosphere and all had customers in single figures. Time was when you would avoid them on a Friday because they were so noisy and busy. I do think it's a sign of the times. With housing costs so high, and supermarket alcohol so cheap, it makes sense to make the most of your home with a bottle or a few cans from Sainsbury's...
I was shocked recently at the emptiness of Hanover pubs on a Friday night. I went with a friend to the Constant, the Napier and the Dover Castle in search of some atmosphere and all had customers in single figures. Time was when you would avoid them on a Friday because they were so noisy and busy. I do think it's a sign of the times. With housing costs so high, and supermarket alcohol so cheap, it makes sense to make the most of your home with a bottle or a few cans from Sainsbury's... pearlygrey
  • Score: 5

8:12pm Wed 2 Oct 13

JFBN23 says...

I used to be one of the busiest pubs in Brighton, up until about 10 years ago. The re-fit is what killed the place - that and the breweries demanding so much return on their product.

In short ; Greed.
I used to be one of the busiest pubs in Brighton, up until about 10 years ago. The re-fit is what killed the place - that and the breweries demanding so much return on their product. In short ; Greed. JFBN23
  • Score: 3

8:13pm Wed 2 Oct 13

JFBN23 says...

JFBN23 wrote:
I used to be one of the busiest pubs in Brighton, up until about 10 years ago. The re-fit is what killed the place - that and the breweries demanding so much return on their product.

In short ; Greed.
* it !
[quote][p][bold]JFBN23[/bold] wrote: I used to be one of the busiest pubs in Brighton, up until about 10 years ago. The re-fit is what killed the place - that and the breweries demanding so much return on their product. In short ; Greed.[/p][/quote]* it ! JFBN23
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Mon 7 Oct 13

Notters_Seagull says...

Wait till Drink In Brighton start selling theirs off :-(
Wait till Drink In Brighton start selling theirs off :-( Notters_Seagull
  • Score: 1

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