Waltham Forest Local Plan

PUBLIC HOUSES
SUPPLEMENTARY
PLANNING DOCUMENT
March 2015

Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version

Translation Sheet
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Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document
1 Introduction

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The Importance of Public Houses

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Plans for Growth

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Public House Closures

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Purpose of the SPD

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2 Policy Context

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Introduction

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National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012)

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London Plan (July 2011)

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Waltham Forest Core Strategy (March 2012)

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Waltham Forest Development Management Policies (Oct 2013)

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3 Policy Tests

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Introduction

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Test 1: Viability

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Test 2: Marketing

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Test 3: Heritage value

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Test 4: Community value

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Test 5: Location

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4 Public Houses Initiatives in Waltham Forest

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Introduction

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Best Bar None Accreditation and Waltham Forest Pub Awards

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Assets of Community Value

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Article 4 Direction

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5 Appendix 1: Existing and Former A4 Drinking Establishments in
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and subsequent attractiveness to young professionals. and provide employment opportunities. offering opportunities for people from different walks of life to mix. by supporting food suppliers and brewing industries. Supporting such industries is particularly important given the importance of the food and drinks industry to Waltham Forest.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 1 Introduction 1. 1.1. and 19% had considered they had mixed with people “they would not normally mix with”. and make a positive contribution to townscape and local identity.e. i. 1. Our Core Strategy sets a target of over 10. 2 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . and LLDC Local Economy Study (We Made That).1 Public houses play an important role at the heart of many local communities. clubs.2 Plans for Growth 1. they can host events. and indirectly. To secure a sustainable pattern of development and enhance the quality of life for existing and new residents. especially given the borough’s comparative affordability to other areas of London.2 Figure 1 shows the spatial distribution of all existing and former A4 drinking establishments across the borough in relation to main town centres and key growth areas. 1. In 2012. important community facilities such as public houses need protecting. including old manufacturing communities. and Lower Lea Valley economy as set out in the Councils Local Economic Assessment (Navigant Consulting).000 new homes in the borough by 2026 and recent years have seen significant levels of new housing delivered. 1. an Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) poll found that 23% of pub goers had made new friends in their local public house in the previous 6 months. They can help bring activity and vibrancy to our high streets. Population increases could see an increased client base for existing premises.2.2.2 Today they provide an important role in promoting community cohesion.3 Public houses also have a strong role to play in supporting the local economy. They have historically provided social hubs for all manner of communities. both directly. More than just a place to relax and drink.1 Waltham Forest has ambitious plans for growth.1.1 The Importance of Public Houses 1. where the main increases in population over the next 10-15yrs is anticipated.1. and provide informal meeting spaces for local interest groups.

Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version Fig 1: A4 drinking establishments. growth areas and main town centres London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 3 .

As shown below. They include: Recession – the decrease in disposable income results in people spending less money on leisure and entertainment including eating and drinking out. there has been a substantial decline in the number of public houses in recent years. supermarkets are able to sell alcohol as a ‘loss leader’. the manufactured failure of public houses to realise lucrative residential values is particularly exacerbated. Whilst London’s multi-culturalism is something to be celebrated. Land values – steady increases in residential land values in London often makes residential redevelopment an attractive proposition to landowners. one impact is that some sectors of the community avoid alcohol on religious grounds. In August 2014 CAMRA estimated that 31 public houses close every week. This can incentivise the closure of public houses that would be commercially viable if properly managed. Where Pubcos are in debt. in percentage terms. which can lead to a loss of popularity of public houses.3. Smoking ban – despite the obvious health benefits. increases in Waltham Forest have been greater than across Greater London in the last year. away from town centres.3. Changes to communities – in the last 50 years there has been a substantial change in the composition of local communities. but some landlocked venues are not adaptable to providing smoking shelters.8% in Greater London. Cost – tax on alcohol has consistently increased over the last 20 years. Land registry data shows that London house prices have been rising since 2009. 1.3 Public House Closures 1.2%. as opposed to 18. 4 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . Between July 2013 and July 2014. Whilst alcohol consumption has increased in the last 10 years. making visits to a public house less affordable than they were in the past. the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007 has placed pressure on public house owners to provide smokers with comfortable surroundings. This pushes up costs and minimises the publican’s profit margins. In particular. the average sale price in Waltham Forest increased by 29.1 Across the country. ownership of public houses by a handful of large breweries was broken up and shifted on to newly formed public house owning companies (Pubcos). it is now readily available for cheaper at supermarkets and off-licenses. rather than directly from the brewery.2 The reasons behind this decline are numerous and varied.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 1. Any publican who now leases their public house from a Pubco generally has to buy all their beer from that company. Business model – following the Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) Order of 1989. It can be particularly true of community public houses that are located in predominantly residential areas.

1.3. or any other retail use. despite increases in population.3 The Council first began monitoring the presence of A4 drinking establishments in the 2011 Annual Monitoring Report. the earliest record of a pub closure in the borough was in 1997 (The Greyhound. including 9 former premises that are currently vacant. At this time.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version Permitted development rights – under the Use Class Order. e-commerce. estate agent. which included a total of 12 wine bars. no planning application is required for Change of Use from a public house to a restaurant or café. all mean town centres do not see the same volume of people they did in the past. 42 have since closed down. Notably an increase in closure rates in the borough has coincided with significant residential value increases since 2009. the south of the borough has seen the greatest loss of A4 premises.3. This has been an issue of increasing significance in recent years.4 As can be seen from figure 1. 1. where 35 have either been closed down or redeveloped for alternative uses. and the recession. representing a loss of over 39% of such venues. since the borough’s main growth areas are all in the south. Prior to this closure there were a total of 107 A4 drinking establishments in the borough. This inhibits local authority’s abilities to protect public houses for their established use. Many closures are therefore close to areas where population increase is expected. on Lea Bridge Road). with 24 closures coming between 2009 and 2014. Decreased footfall – in town centres and high streets the public house trade can be largely dependent on passing trade. Out of town shopping. betting shop. London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 5 .

a hotel. This is followed by Markhouse Ward. there are 2 further public houses that fall within Conservation Areas but are not locally listed. 2 statutorily listed buildings in the borough are public houses. Of the 42 former A4 premises. 18 are currently still in business.5 Figure 2 shows the location of existing and former A4 uses in relation to ward boundaries. 1. whilst 9 still remain vacant. the biggest losses have been in Leyton Ward. whilst a further listed building that used to operate as a public house (The Bull on the Green).3. 6 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . As can be seen from this. betting offices. Additionally. care homes.6 A significant portion of the public houses in Waltham Forest have some heritage value and are contributing to the character and townscape of their surrounding neighbourhoods. Of the 26 locally listed buildings in Waltham Forest that were originally built as public houses.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 1. whilst Appendix 1 provides further detail on the nature of this value. which has 7 former A4 establishments within its boundaries.3. with the main pressures being for residential or retail. 14 were replaced by residential developments and a further 6 by retail.7 The current use of the redeveloped A4 premises is varied. is now a restaurant. whilst 8 have closed or been sensitively redeveloped for alternative uses (usually residential). with 8 redeveloped premises (3 of which were in the last 5 years). and various social infrastructure uses. 1. Figure 3 shows all existing and former A4 venues that are recognised as having some heritage value. As can be seen from this. Other uses include restaurants.3.

Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version Fig 2: Existing and former A4 drinking establishments by ward London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 7 .

Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version Fig 3: Location of existing/ former A4 drinking establishments of heritage value 8 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan .

2 The SPD will be used to help determine planning applications relating to the loss of a public house whether open or closed. including reference to the adopted Local Plan policies that the document provides supplementary guidance to.4.1 Introduction 2.4. 2 Policy Context 2. The next section of this document sets out full details of relevant higher level policies to which the guidance relates. and provides supplementary guidance to adopted Core Strategy and Development Management Policies. and the contribution they make to the local economy and local character.1 This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) explains the Council’s overall guidance on the retention of public houses in the borough. bars. It is also considered consistent with national and regional guidance from the National Planning Policy Framework and the London Plan.2 National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012) 2. In addition.4. the economy.2.1 The NPPF places a responsibility on local authorities to plan positively for community facilities such as public houses and other local services to enhance the sustainability of communities and residential environments.1 In light of the benefits of public houses to local communities. This is important as the SPD is intended to provide additional guidance in support of the relevant adopted Local Plan policies. 1. licensed accommodation and social/ members clubs. On this basis.1.3 Recent times have seen a marked diversification in the offer of the public houses industry and a subsequent blurring of the lines between public houses. It seeks to protect them through the use of appropriate and proportionate criteria. This section demonstrates support from National Planning Policy and the London Plan. on sites where an A4 Drinking Establishment is the current or last use. it sets out where the protection of public houses is enshrined in the Councils adopted Local Plan. It also guards against the unnecessary loss of valued facilities and services. on the basis of their value as community assets. London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 9 . 1. and in some cases the character of an area.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 1. Whilst the document does not hold the same status as the Development Plan. it is a material consideration. In planning terms a public house is designated as Use Class A4 Drinking Establishments under the Use Class Order 2013. restaurants. 2.4 Purpose of the SPD 1. the SPD is intended to apply to any change of use or redevelopment proposal that requires planning permission. support can be found for their retention at all tiers of Planning Policy. particularly where this would reduce the communities ability to meet day to day needs.

Paragraph 50 expects development to respond to local character and history whilst demonstrating an understanding of the defining characteristics of an area. and ensure an integrated approach to considering the location of housing.2.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 2. It places significant emphasis on the importance of planning for and protecting community facilities and social infrastructure to foster a sustainable pattern of growth and encourage community cohesion. particularly where this would reduce the community’s ability to meet its day-to-day needs. The suitability of redundant social infrastructure 10 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan .3 Policy 3. planning policies and decisions should: plan positively for the provision and use of shared space.2 Policy 3. recreational and cultural facilities and services the community needs. facilities and services are able to develop and modernise in a way that is sustainable. community facilities (such as local shops. and retained for the benefit of the community.3. cultural buildings.2. sports venues.3.2 Paragraph 70 states: “To deliver the social. ensure that established shops.3 The NPPF also places great emphasis on maintaining the character and distinctiveness of an area – which in some cases public houses may provide a positive contribution towards.” 2. economic uses and community facilities and services.16 states: “Proposals which would result in a loss of social infrastructure in areas of defined need for that type of social infrastructure without realistic proposals for reprovision should be resisted. 2.1 states: “Development proposals should protect and enhance facilities and services that meet the needs of particular groups and communities.1 The London Plan is the overall strategic plan for London and forms part of Development Plan for Waltham Forest.3 London Plan (July 2011) 2.3. 2.” 2. Proposals involving the loss of these facilities without adequate justification or provision for replacement should be resisted. meeting places. guard against the unnecessary loss of valued facilities and services. public houses and places of worship) and other local services to enhance the sustainability of communities and residential environments.

boroughs are encouraged to bring forward policies to maintain.8 – Heritage assets and archaeology. Paragraph 6.1 – Ensuring equal life chances for all Policy 4. also highlights that developments should “…maximise the opportunity for community diversity.8). Facilities for the emergency services .5 As part of the Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan. manage enhance public houses. sports halls and outdoor sports spaces. community asset value and viability in pub use.1 The Councils Core Strategy includes public houses within its definition of social infrastructure.48 states: “The Mayor recognises the important role that London public houses can play in the social fabric of communities and recent research highlights the rapid rate of closures over the past decade and the factors behind these.Police. specific reference is also made to the role of public houses in supporting a successful and diverse retail sector (Policy 4.1.3.4 Policy 7. inclusion and cohesion. primary education. 2.1 – Developing London’s economy Policy 4. Fire and Ambulance.3.4 Waltham Forest Core Strategy (March 2012) 2. London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 11 . where there is sufficient evidence of need.2 states: “The Council defines social infrastructure as the following services and facilities: Educational facilities including early years education. 2. Sports and leisure facilities including swimming pools.15 – Town Centres Policy 3. namely: Policy 2.3. Health services including primary and secondary health care. as amended in the Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan (Jan 2014). adult learning (refer also to Policy CS9). and should contribute to people’s sense of place…” and that “boroughs should plan across services to ensure the nature and mix of existing and planned infrastructure and services are complementary and meet the needs of existing and new communities”.” 2.6 A range of other policies in the London Plan may also be relevant when considering a planning application related to a public house. further education.6 – Support for and enhancement of arts. To address these concerns. sport and entertainment provision Policy 7. Draft paragraph 4.4.4 – Local character Policy 7. secondary education. culture.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version premises for other forms of social infrastructure for which there is a defined need in the locality should be assessed before alternative developments are considered.” 2.

closer to town centres. public houses are therefore offered the same level of protection as other essential social infrastructure. Public houses . Meeting rooms halls. Community space and faith facilities. except where justified by other Core Strategy policies.5. such as the incidence of recorded crime associated with the premises. public houses are also recognised as a town centre use that can play a positive role in supporting the vitality and viability of the high street. with good transport links via a planning obligation according to Policy DM36. ii) Adequate alternative facilities are already within walking distance in the area. such as health facilities. Policy DM17 (Social and Physical Infrastructure) states: "The Council will resist the loss of an existing community. 2.2 Under Policy CS3 (Providing Infrastructure).” 2. managing its loss by reference to the quality of community facility provided.4. libraries.3 Elsewhere in the Core Strategy.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version Libraries. i) No shortfall in provision will be created by the loss.” 2. disabled access and external smoking areas) and other criteria set out in the Development Management Policies DPD.5 Waltham Forest Development Management Policies (Oct 2013) 2. its ability to meet modern requirements (such as soundproofing. Policy CS3 states that: “The Council will ensure that while encouraging housing and economic growth in the Borough. leisure or educational facility unless. where population change reduces demand. 12 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . appropriate infrastructure is provided to cater for the needs of existing and future populations. sports facilities and community halls. by: A) promoting the enhancement of existing social infrastructure and. and Courts.4. resisting its unsubstituted loss where population growth and change requires its provision. or on another site which improves accessibility. iii) A replacement facility secures enhanced re-provision on the site.…. Job brokerage centres.1 The Development Management Policies adds further detail to the Core Strategy in terms of the protection offered to social infrastructure.

Where this is the case. evidence of suitable marketing activity will be required or evidence that the public house is no longer financially viable. and. London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 13 .1. and that any heritage value has been duly considered. 3 Policy Tests 3. v) The redevelopment of the site would secure an over-riding public benefit. through the submission of financial evidence.5. disabled access and external smoking areas) according to details of Policy DM29 and Policy CS3 (A). and for statutorily listed buildings. vacancy in itself is not sufficient to justify demolition.” 2. Policy DM28 makes clear that: the Council will resist the demolition of statutorily listed buildings and buildings of importance to the character of town centre areas. vi) The activities carried on are inconsistent and cannot be made consistent with acceptable living conditions for nearby residents. in addition to the policies listed above.2 Policy DM28 on Heritage Assets is also of relevance. managing its loss by reference to the quality of community facilities provided. and enhance their appearance. that reasonable efforts have been made to secure its future use as a public house or other social infrastructure. should be sympathetic to their design and historical qualities.3 This SPD supplements existing Development Plan Policies by offering detail to applicants of what is required in terms of demonstrating that a public house is no longer financially viable. since several existing public houses in the borough are recognised to hold some heritage value (see map on page 4). alterations to statutorily or locally listed buildings. its ability to meet modern requirements (such as sound proofing. or add to. vii) Where population change reduces demand. whilst the public house was operating as a full time business). and buildings of importance to the character of town centre areas. evidence will be required to show that the loss would not create. the Council will apply the following tests when determining planning applications involving the loss of an A4 drinking establishment.1 In recognition of the important role public houses provide and increasing pressure for their loss to other uses. (For proposals involving the loss of a public house.5. 2.1 Introduction 3.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version iv) The specific facility is no longer required in its current use. a shortfall in provision for the specific infrastructure type and demonstrate that there is no demand for any other suitable community use on the site.

hosting quiz nights. paid for by the applicant. through the provision of trading accounts. 3. craft fairs. as demonstrated by trading accounts for the last 3yrs in which the business was operating as a full-time business.regular maintenance and repair works.installing smoking shelters. live music or comedy.2.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 3. This evidence should be presented alongside evidence required under test 2 in a ‘Marketing and Viability Statement’ that accompanies the planning application. evidence should be provided that the existing business is no longer financially viable.renting out space for meetings. 3. classes or community events . the Council will require evidence that: the existing business is not financially viable. hence the requirement for 3 years trading figures and accompanying details of changes made to the business during this time. the Council may be advised by an independent assessor.2.2 Test 1: Viability Policy Test 1: Viability Where applications for a change of use or redevelopment of an A4 drinking establishment are received.1 Given the value public houses bring to local communities. These may include.food offer diversification. evidence must be provided that all avenues for retaining them have been exhausted before alternative uses can be considered. This should be supplemented by evidence of efforts made to halt any decline in business and increase trade.2 Firstly. . In assessing this statement. a range of measures have been tested during this time to increase trade. Insufficient evidence of attempts to diversify the business may indicate that the public house use could be made viable 14 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . . . but are not restricted to: . .altering opening hours.providing B & B accommodation. .

Applicants should be aware that local people/ customers may provide anecdotal evidence in response to consultation on any planning application. and details of any bids received and reasons for rejecting them should be submitted to the Council in support of the application. The terms and conditions of any sale will have a major impact on if there is interest from alternative public house providers. including dates.3 Test 2: Marketing Policy Test 2: Marketing Where applications for a change of use or redevelopment of an A4 drinking establishment are received. The value of the premises should be determined by an independent RICS valuer (paid for by the applicant). Details of any bids received for the site. It is expected that the marketing campaign includes the use of on-site boards. Full details of the national and local marketing campaign. 3. for a continuous period of at least 12 months. and a mail shot to the Council’s list of prospective purchasers. The marketing campaign must be prominent. and use a range of methods to increase the chances of a positive response. and respective websites.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version under alternative ownership. 3. continuous.1 As a failing public house may be given a new lease of life under alternative ownership. and reasons for rejecting should be provided to the Council. the Council may be advised by an independent assessor. the Council will also require evidence that the site has been prominently marketed at a realistic freehold or leasehold price as an A4 use. the Council will require evidence that it has been sufficiently marketed for such use without genuine interest before any alternative uses can be considered. hence the requirement for an independent valuation of the site. After this period. In assessing this statement. if there is no interest in the site for an A4 use. All marketing details should be presented alongside evidence required under test 1 in a ‘Marketing and Viability Statement’ that accompanies the planning application. London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 15 . a further 12 month period of marketing for alternative community uses will also be expected. channels used. paid for by the applicant. and advertisements in trade magazines and local and national estate agents.3.

Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 3. sufficient opportunity should also be provided for alternative community uses to come forward.4. development proposals should not have a detrimental effect on the design. in determining if the site has a future as a viable public house business.5 Test 4: Community value Policy Test 4: Community value If the application site has been registered as an Asset of Community Value. 3. There are 23 remaining public houses in the borough that hold some heritage interest. character. It also recognises their historic and cultural value. and heritage of the existing premises or the wider streetscape. alongside all viability and marketing evidence. Whilst being registered as such does not in itself indicate that a public house use can continue to 16 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan .5.1 Where a public house has been successfully registered as an Asset of Community Value (see section below for further details).3. and alternative schemes provide overriding benefits. Whilst some individual buildings are listed or locally listed. they will still need to be carefully designed to be sensitive to the value attached to the building. The Council therefore requires an initial 12 month marketing campaign for the sale of the site for a public house use. this is considered a reasonable guide of if the venue is valued by the local community. this will be treated as a material consideration. Retaining their use as public houses wherever possible therefore provides a means of preserving important assets for local communities. others make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of Conservation Areas or town centres.2 Guidance on the length of marketing campaigns for the sale of public houses generally ranges between 12 and 36 months. falls within a Conservation Area. 3. which relates not just to their appearance but also use. The value assigned to these assets is not restricted to their architectural merit. 3. This sequential approach reflects the Council’s preference that public houses are retained for their established use. Where this has been proved to be unviable. it is a statutorily or locally listed building. a further 12 month period marketing the site for other community uses. and if this fails. or has been identified as a building of importance to the character of town centre areas).e. 3. and if this fails to generate genuine interest.1 Figure 3 shows the location of existing and former A4 drinking establishments of heritage value.4 Test 3: Heritage value Policy Test 3: Heritage value If the application site has heritage value (i.

Outside of such areas. They also bring footfall to town centres and local parades and can be visited as part of linked trips. public houses play a crucial social role in supporting town centre vitality and viability.2 Accordingly. 3. London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 17 . They provide facilities for recreation and local community interaction.1 In town centres and local parades. the Council will consider the implications of the loss of the public house on the vitality and viability of the centre or parade with regard to the: retail offer of the centre/parade and the range of complementary services and facilities currently provided.6 Test 5: Location Policy Test 5: Location In designated town centres and local parades. As a general rule.6. It will therefore be considered alongside all marketing and viability evidence presented with a planning application to help determine if the public house could be made viable if properly managed. availability of alternative facilities providing the same function within the designated centre/parade. it does provide a strong indication that there is local support for its retention. 3. 3. the Council will seek to ensure that public houses in the designated centres and local parades remain. The Council’s local plan policies seek to provide local shops and services in central locations where they can be accessible by a range of transport modes within reasonable walking distance or by public transport.6.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version be viable. In these locations. vitality and viability depends on the range of retail and other supporting complementary services and facilities including pubs. any loss of these facilities must be carefully managed to protect the long term vitality and viability of town centres and local parades. impact of the loss on local consumer choice. Applicants for planning permission will be expected to demonstrate that the loss of these facilities is well justified with regard to the factors identified above. They therefore have an important economic role in contributing to the vibrancy and vitality of shopping and commercial areas and also in maintaining sustainable neighbourhoods. the Council will consider the extent to which the public house provided a valuable role as a community facility for surrounding residential neighbourhoods.

1 Alongside the protection of public houses through the determination of development proposals.6.2. public houses can also provide an important focal point within predominantly residential areas.1 The London Borough of Waltham Forest ran a ‘Best Bar None’ Accreditation Scheme and Pub Awards in 2014 and intends to continue this in the future. has a diverse night time economy with attractions for all and as a provider within this economy you are likely to reap the rewards from this by having increased footfall and turnover. 4. 4 Public Houses Initiatives in Waltham Forest 4. 4. In determining the value of such public houses as a community facility.2. There are also benefits for both the individual business and the Borough.2. 18 London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . the Council is also actively promoting public houses in the borough to help ensure that they remain viable businesses that are well supported by the communities they serve.2.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 3.2. 4.1 Introduction 4. help premises raise their standards and improve the vitality of the evening in the borough. 4.2 Best Bar None Accreditation and Waltham Forest Pub Awards 4.3 The accreditation scheme was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards. 4.2 ‘Best Bar None’ is a national award scheme supported by the Home Office and aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises and reducing the amount of alcohol related crime and disorder.4 The Council’s aim is to acknowledge good practice in the industry. with the key function of serving as places of social interaction. key considerations will be if the site has been registered as an Asset of Community Value.3 Outside of designated town centres and parades.1.5 Becoming a member of the Waltham Forest Best Bar None scheme demonstrates the owner’s willingness to set standards and encourage other operators to do the same. It has since been adopted by over 95 towns and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally.2. is even more vibrant. 4. or if there have been other substantial campaigns to protect the public house from closure.6 that: The benefits of Best Bar None throughout Waltham Forest include a borough is not only safer but is perceived as being safer by visitors for a more enjoyable night out.

3. there is now scope for voluntary or community groups to nominate public houses as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. 4. ability to use the Best Bar None logo and display a plaque. estate agents. community groups then have a six month opportunity to put together a bid to buy the property.4 The Council will continue to promote to local residents the opportunity to register Public Houses as Assets of Community Value. which states your position in the awards. 4. potential increased footfall. with both national and local recognition.3. as a potential means of ensuring they remain as facilities for the local community. A3.3.4.3 At present one public house in the borough has been registered as an Asset of Community Value – The Heathcote Arms in Leytonstone. 4. This is a planning tool that effectively removes permitted development rights where it is applied.1 The Council recognises that the role of the current Use Class Order (2013) means there is a limit to how much public houses can be protected through an SPD.4 Article 4 Direction 4. increased customer and staff safety. does not need planning permission. This includes uses such as retail shops. As part of the government’s deregulation of the planning th process.2 Currently public houses are categorised as an A4 Use. 4. 4. up until 30 May 2015. public houses can also be converted to B1 business uses (i. 4.7 As a participant the benefits include: recognition for raising standards.3 Assets of Community Value 4. A2. London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 19 . free advice and support. 4. banks.2.2 If the public house is listed and the owner subsequently wishes to sell.3 In response to this.4. meaning proposals for a Change of Use to an A1. and restaurants and cafes. offices/ light industry) without requiring planning permission.3. the Council is currently considering the introduction of an Article 4 Direction on A4 premises in the borough.1 Under the Localism Act (2011). betting shops. entry to a prestigious annual awards ceremony. high profile advertising through sponsorship and coverage of the Pub Awards. The Council then considers the application against necessary legislation (Assets of Community Value Regulations 2012) to determine if the site should be listed.e.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 4.4.

219 Kings Head Hill. 191 Old Church Road. 2b Kings Head Hill. Chingford.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 5 Appendix 1: Existing and Former A4 Drinking Establishments in Waltham Forest No Public House/Address Existing or Former Heritage Value 1 The Royal Oak. E4 6BA 8 The Bull on the Green. 1a The Former Pub – now Grade II Listed Green. Chingford. Firday Hill. Chingford. Chingford. 107 Old Church Road. E4 6BA a restaurant Chingford Green Conservation Area 9 The Greene Man. 134-138 Station Road. 152-154 Station Road. E4 7PP Existing Pub ------- 2 Loco Lounge. E4 6ST Existing Bar ------- London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan ------- . Chingford. E4 6AN Existing Pub ------- 5 One Twenty Bar. E4 6AB Existing Bar ------- 6 The Kings Head. Chingford. E4 6RB Existing Pub ------- 10 The Dovecote. Chingford. E4 6AN Existing Bar ------- 3 The Fountain Wine Bar. E4 6EL Existing Pub ------- 11 New York’s. Chingford. 95 Existing Pub Forest Side. 160 Station Road. Chingford. Chingford. 120 Station Road. Chingford. E4 6AN Existing Pub ------- 4 The Station House. E4 7EA Existing Pub Locally Listed Building Chingford Green Conservation Area 20 7 The Queen Elizabeth.

Chingford. 225 Chingford Existing Bar Mount Road. E4 8DD ------- 15 Old Hall Tavern. Chingofrd.205 Larkschall Road. 11 Hall Lane. Highams Park.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version No Public House/Address Existing or Former 12 Wheelwrights PH. E4 8HH Existing Pub ------- 19 The Kings Ford. 200 Hall Lane. 420 Hale End Road. Chingford. 71 Hatch Former Pub – now ------Lane. E4 6LQ Former Pub – now ------a residential building 13 The Prince of Wales. E4 8LT currently vacant ------- 22 The Signal Box Wine Bar. Chingord. Highams Park. Chingford. 320 Hale End Existing Pub Road. 3 Former Bar The Avenue. Chingford. IG8 9LN Existing Pub Heritage Value Locally Listed Building London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 21 . E4 6SJ ------- 17 The Larkshall. 250-252 Chingford Mount Road. E4 8LP ------- 21 Royston Arms. Chingford. Woodford Green. E4 6NT Existing Pub Locally Listed Building 18 The Wishing Well. Existing Bar Chingford. 83 Chingford Former Pub – Mount Road. 94 Hatch Lane. E4 9PB ------- 24 The Royal Oak. 30-32 Old Church Existing Pub Road.1 Old Church Road. E4 8JL Existing Pub ------- 20 Winters Bar. E4 9LB ------- 23 The County Arms. E4 6LP a residential building 14 The Obelisk. Chingford. E4 8EY Existing Pub ------- 16 Bojangles. Chingford.

58 St Andrews Road. E17 6DS ------- Former Pub and Music Venue – currently vacant London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan Heritage Value . 53 Hoe Existing Pub Street. Walthamstow. E17 4NB Existing Bar ------- 32 The Lord Palmerston. 112 Wood Street. Walthamstow. 252 Forest Road. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. E17 5RG Existing Pub ------- 27 Prince of Wales. 366 Forest Road. E17 5JF ------- 31 Arubar Lounge. E17 6BD Existing Pub ------- 28 The William Morris. 526-528 Forest Road. E17 3HX Existing Pub ------- 34 Dukes Head. 807-809 Forest Road. E17 4SA Locally Listed Building 36 The Tryst (Standard Music Venue). Walthamstow. 222 Chingford Existing Pub Road. Walthamstow. 126-128 Wood Street. 617 Forest Road. E17 5JN Existing Pub ------- 33 The Flower Pot. E17 4NE Existing Pub Locally Listed Building 30 Zig Zag Bar. 318 Higham Hill Road. Walthamstow.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 22 No Public House/Address Existing or Former 25 Dog & Duck PH. E17 3HX Locally Listed Building 35 Ye Old Rose & Crown. 1 Blackhorse Lane. Existing Pub Walthamstow. Walthamstow. E17 5AL ------- 26 The North London Conference Centre. Existing Bar Walthamstow. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. E17 4JD Existing Pub ------- 29 The Bell.

264 Hoe Street.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version No Public House/Address Existing or Former Heritage Value 37 Plough PH. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. E17 3EY currently a temporary charity organisation 39 Pig & Whistle. E17 3NU Former Pub – now Not formally a supermarket designated but recognised as having some local heritage value 38 The Lord Brooke. E17 PL Existing Pub Locally Listed Building Locally Listed Building St Mary’s Church (Walthamstow Village) Conservation Area 42 The Goose. Existing Pub Walthamstow. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. 47 Shernhall Former Pub – Street.173 Wood Street. E17 4QH Existing Pub ------- 41 The Nags Head. Walthamstow. currently vacant 40 The Victoria. E17 3NU converted into a retail unit. 42 Orford Road.186 Hoe Street. E17 3AX Existing Pub ------- 43 The Chequers.185-187 Wood Former Pub – was ------Street. E17 7BX Locally Listed Building 44 The Village. Walthamstow. 31 Orford Road. Walthamstow. 9 Orford Road. E17 9NL Existing Pub Orford Road Conservation Area 45 The Queens Arms. E17 9NJ Existing Pub Locally Listed Building Orford Road Conservation Area London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 23 .145 High Street.

15 Grosvenor Rise Existing Pub East. 30 Existing Bar St James Street. Walthamstow.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version No Public House/Address Existing or Former 46 The Cock Tavern. E17 7LX ------- Former Pub – now ------in residential use London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . 67 High Existing Pub Street. Walthamstow. E17 7PF 54 The Ringwood Castle. E17 9HX Not formally designated but recognised as having some local heritage value 50 The East PH. Walthamstow. E17 7DB Heritage Value Locally Listed Building Walthamstow St James Conservation Area 47 Bar 300. 199 Existing Pub Shernhall Street. 300 Hoe Street. 80 Brunner Former Pub – Road. E17 9LB Locally Listed Building Orford Road Conservation Area 24 52 Windmill PH. 883-887 Lea Bridge Road. 49 Gosport Road. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. E17 9QD Existing Bar ------- 48 So Nice Wine Bar. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. E17 in residential use Building 9PG Orford Road Conservation Area 53 Kelly Sports Bar & Grill. 20 Grosvenor Former Pub – now Locally Listed Park Road. Walthamstow. E17 9DS Former Bar – now ------a retail unit 49 The Lord Raglan. E17 7NW currently vacant ( ------- 51 The Castle.

in residential use E17 8LA 66 Shoe Laces. Leytonstone. 74 Grove Former Pub – Road. Leyton. 2 Markhouse Road. Walthamstow. 147-151 Whipps Cross Road. 64-66 Queens Road. E17 8BD Former Pub – now ------in use as a gym/residential 57 The Coppermill. E17 9DZ Former Pub – now ------in use as a community hall 56 Essex Brewery Tap. Leytonstone. 596 Lea Bridge Road. E10 7EQ a betting shop 62 The Drum. 816 High Existing Pub Road Leyton. Walthamstow. Walthamstow. E17 9BN currently vacant Locally Listed Building 60 The Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Walthamstow. Leyton. Leyton. E17 7HF 58 Lorne Arms. Leyton.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version No Public House/Address Existing or Former Heritage Value 55 The Waltham Oak. E10 7EQ ------- 63 King William IV. 777 High Road Leyton. 757 Lea Bridge Road. E10 6AE Locally Listed Building 64 Boot Laces. 205 Existing Pub Coppermill Lane. 557-559 Lea Bridge Existing Pub Road. 762 High Road Existing Pub Leytonstone. E10 7DN ------- 65 The Duke of Cambridge. Walthamstow. 575 Lea Bridge Former Pub – now ------Road. E11 3AW ------- ------- Former Pub – now ------in retail use Existing Pub Existing Pub London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 25 . 160 Former Pub – now ------Boundary Road. Walthamstow. E17 8PX 59 The Grove Tavern. E10 5AB Existing Pub ------- 67 O’Neills. E11 1NP Leytonstone/Whipps Cross Road Conservation Area 61 Bakers Arms. Leyton.

Leytonstone. Leytonstone. 640 High Road Existing Pub Leytonstone. E10 7BQ ------- Former Pub – currently closed Former Pub – currently closed London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan . Leyton. Leytonstone. 278 Lea Existing Pub Bridge Road. E11 1HH Existing Pub ------- 70 Tommy Flynn’s. Leytonstone. Leytonstone. Leyton. 201 Church Road. E11 currently closed 4EA Locally Listed Building 76 The Antelope. 640 High Former Pub – Road Leyton. Leyton. Leyton. 344 Grove Former Pub – Green Road. 24 Browning Road. 14 Park Road. E11 3AA Existing Pub ------- 71 Three Blackbirds. E10 7LD Not formally designated but recognised as having some local heritage value 73 Red Lion. E11 3AR Existing Pub Locally Listed Building Browning Road Conservation Area 26 69 The Walnut Tree. E10 7BZ ------- 75 The Heathcote. E11 3AA Locally Listed Building 74 Wakesfield Arms.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version No Public House/Address Existing or Former Heritage Value 68 The North Star. E10 6RN recently demolished and has planning permission for residential development ------- 72 Hare & Hounds. 692 High Road Leytonstone. 857-861 High Road Leytonstone.

E11 4PG Former Pub – currently in residential use Former Pub – currently in residential use Former Pub – currently closed Heritage Value ------- London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 27 . Leyton. 110 Grove Existing Pub Green Road. Leytonstone. Leyton. Leytonstone. 91 Lea Bridge Former Pub – Road. Leyton. Leyton. Leytonstone. E11 4EL ------- 84 The Woodhouse Tavern. 468 High Road Existing Pub Leytonstone. E11 3DH Not formally designated but recognised as having some local heritage value 79 Lion and Key. 90 Church Road. 119 Harrow Road. E11 3HN Not formally designated but recognised as having some local heritage value 83 The Northcote. 483-485 Existing Pub High Road Leytonstone. Leytonstone. 566 High Road Leytonstone. Leytonstone.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version No Public House/Address Existing or Former 77 The Greyhound. E10 5NA ------- 82 The Bell. E10 5JP Not formally designated but recognised as having some local heritage value 81 The Coach & Horses. E11 3PX ------- 85 The Shepherd’s Inn. 391 Existing Pub High Road Leyton. 475 High Road Former Pub – currently in Leyton. E10 7QL currently in residential use Not formally designated but recognised as having some local heritage value 78 Lincolns Public House. E10 5EL residential use Locally Listed Building 80 The Oliver Twist.

419 High Road Leytonstone. N17 9NG Existing Pub Heritage Value ------- Former Pub – now ------a betting shop Existing Bar London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan Grade II Listed Building . 7 Church Lane. E11 4JT Former Pub – now ------in retail use 98 The Ferry Boat Inn. 45 Existing Pub Langthorne Road. 265B High Existing Pub Road Leyton. Leyton. 175 Capworth Former Pub – now ------Street. E11 4HH 93 Leyton Technical. Leytonstone. 150 Higham Place. 341 Leytonstone High Road. currently closed E11 3NW Locally Listed Building 87 The Plough & Harrow. Leyton. Forest Gate. 1 Ferry Existing Pub Lane. Leyton. Leytonstone. E7 0DZ Existing Pub ------- 90 Colegrave Arms. Walthamstow. Leytonstone. 245 High Road Leytonstone. E10 5QE Grade II Listed Building 94 La Luna Bar. 314-316 Former Pub – Cann Hall Road. E17 6DD Former Pub – now ------in residential use 97 The Croppy Acre. 141 Dames Road. E11 1HG ------- 95 The Lord Clyde. E11 4HL Locally Listed Building 89 The Holly Tree. E10 in residential use 96 The Woodman Inn. Leytonstone. Leyton. E11 4JU ------- 88 Birkbeck Tavern. E11 3NJ Former Pub – currently a mosque ------- 91 The King Harold. 145 Cann Hall Road. Walthamstow. Leytonstone. E15 2BX 92 Thatched House. Leytonstone.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version 28 No Public House/Address Existing or Former 86 The Lord Rookwood. 116 High Existing Pub Road Leyton.

Walthamstow. E4 8YJ Former Pub – now ------in residential use 103 The Common Gate. E10 7PJ Former Pub – now ------in restaurant use 102 The Gardeners Arms. Leyton. 4 Rangers Road. 82-84 Forest Former Pub – now ------Road. Walthamstow. E4 7QH Existing Pub ------- 100 The Essex Arms. Leyton. 18 Burnside Avenue. 32 Grange Road. E10 Former Pub – now ------in residential use London Borough of Waltham Forest Local Plan 29 . 63 St James Street. Four Finch’s.Public Houses Supplementary Planning Document Adoption Version No Public House/Address Existing or Former Heritage Value 99 The Royal Forest. Leyton. 84 Wood Former Pub – now ------Street. Leyton. E17 4HX a betting shop 105 The Beaumont Arms. Chingford. E17 in hotel use 104 The White Swan. E10 5JD Former Pub – now ------in residential use 107 The Alma. 31 Beaumont Road. E17 6JR in retail use 101 Coach and Horses. 131 Former Pub – now ------Markhouse Road. 50 Church Road. Chingford. Walthamstow. E10 5NJ Former Pub – now ------in residential use 106 Holly Bush Lodge.

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