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Former Gants Hill pub The Valentine saved from demolition

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 July 2018

The Valentine pub in Gants Hill

The Valentine pub in Gants Hill

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The Valentine Pub has been rescued from being reduced to rubble following the withdrawal of a planning application.

Construction company Tide Construction Limited withdrew plans to demolish the 1930s former pub building, in Perth Road, Gants Hill, today (July 5).

On May 10, the same company withdrew a separate application to tear down the pub and replace it with a 10-storey block of flats which they had submitted in July last year.

The most recent application - reference number 2440/18 - sought only to demolish the pub.

But one of the application’s supporting documents mentioned a proposal to create a “multi-storey residential-led development with mixed use commercial and residential use at ground level, and a partial basement for facilities and bicycle storage”.

Seven Kings housing campaigner Paul Scott, of Sandhurst Road, objected to the application.

He said: “I believe along with many other residents that The Valentine is a socially as well as culturally important venue which needs to be conserved as it is a classic example of 1930s architecture that has served the community well over the decades.”

He added: “I used to go to it on occasion and it was a good music venue.

“Footballer Bobby Moore had his wedding reception there and it has got a pub garden.

He believes the former pub should be protected under Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s London Plan, with its emphasis on protecting the night time economy and grassroots music venues, and sold to someone who will reopen it.

He plans to band together with other residents to have the pub building listed as an asset of community value, so that it will be protected under the Localism Act 2011.

The Recorder spoke to Alan Barker, south west Essex branch manager for the Campaign for Real Ale society (Camra), prior to the applications withdrawal.

Alan said: “It would be a sad loss for the local community as it has been a part of the fabric of Gants Hill.”

“I visited shortly before it closed. It was a fine pub and it didn’t seem to have a lack of customers.”

Tide Construction Limited did not wish to provide a comment.


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