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Town Hall urged to force re-opening of Old White Bear pub in Hampstead

School using upstairs as classrooms told to hurry up bringing a bar back into operation

30 June, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

THE owners of a closed historic Hampstead pub have been urged to honour a planning agreement to reopen it.

Old White Bear, in New End, closed in 2013 and was bought by private school Heathside Prep, which won planning permission in January 2017 to use upper floors as classrooms, as long as the ground floor was returned to use as a bar.

Campaign group Save The White Bear had previously fought to stop the building being turned into flats and it has council protection as an Asset of Community Value. But more than 18 months after permission was granted for Heathside’s changes, and publican Dan Brod being granted a licence, the pub remains closed.

Camden Council is now being been urged to begin enforcement action. Heathside headteacher Melissa Remus told the New Journal in March that the pub would re-open “soonish” but has since not responded to questions concerning continuing delays.

Conservative ward councillor Stephen Stark told the New Journal he had approached the Town Hall regarding whether they could take enforcement action.

He said: “Camden Council have said they will look into it. I hope Camden will be applying as much pressure as possible.”

Cabinet councillor Danny Beales said the council was monitoring the situation. He added: “Unfortunately, the council has no power to control the timescale in which the pub reopens.”

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