Outcry over proposal for closed Highgate pub

Ham&High reports… Local residents are campaigning to re-open The Winchester Tavern on Archway Road.

But Highgate’s iconic pub, which closed in 2016, has had plans submitted to turn the former “back of house” space into a flat.

An application has already been approved to turn the former hotel space upstairs into flats. Now downstairs could follow.

According to the proposal, at a pre-planning application meeting, Haringey Council said the plans could only go ahead if the pub remains viable.

Long time campaigner and petitioner Debbie Ryan has even handcuffed herself to the front of the former pub.

Lib Dem councillor for Highgate Liz Morris said: “The greed of this developer knows no bounds! This is the fourth Trojan Horse attempt by the developer to build a flat in the rear function room, knowing full well that it will risk the community value and long-term viability of the pub.”

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