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Second bid lodged to convert upstairs of Manor Park pub into flats

PUBLISHED: 12:46 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 02 October 2018

The Earl of Essex closed in 2012 and has since faced squatters, grafitti, and a campaign to save it from redevelopment. Picture: Ken Mears

The Earl of Essex closed in 2012 and has since faced squatters, grafitti, and a campaign to save it from redevelopment. Picture: Ken Mears

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Another planning application has been made to redevelop a Manor House pub after the first was rejected.

SavetheEarlE12 has 400 followers on Twitter, along with the backing of MP Stephen Timms, night czar Amy Lame, and CAMRA. Picture: Ken MearsSavetheEarlE12 has 400 followers on Twitter, along with the backing of MP Stephen Timms, night czar Amy Lame, and CAMRA. Picture: Ken Mears

An application was put forward in January to convert the Grade II listed Earl of Essex in Romford Road, into nine flats upstairs and a pub downstairs.

But during a planning meeting in April, councillors rejected the proposals on the basis they would “contribute to the erosion of the historic use of the site”.

Last week, a new application was put in by the landlord, Yass Investments Ltd, which again proposes building nine flats upstairs and keeping a pub on the ground floor. This time round, there’s a letter included in the application which assures the proposed pub would be run by Brewit Microbrewery Ltd.

In a planning document on Newham Council’s website, pictures of what the proposed flats would look like show modern fittings and sound-proofed floors and walls, to reduce noise from the pub downstairs.

Last month, squatters who tried to sell off the building’s interior were evicted from the former pub. One eagle-eyed shopper spotted adverts for radiators from the building on selling website Gumtree, and traced back the items to the pub.

Planning officers from Newham Council confirmed the items were the same, but assured campaigners that none of the items had been sold.

According to data from the Inter-Departmental Business Register, the number of pubs in Newham has halved between 2001 and 2017. In January, a campaign to save the pub from being turned into flats gathered 400 Twitter followers, as well as the support of East Ham MP, Stephen Timms, London’s night czar, Amy Lamé, and CAMRA, the campaign for real ale.

Katie Bilboa, a campaigner from SavetheEarlE12, said: “At first sight it seems that the owners have submitted almost exactly the same planning application, including the extension to the side of the property. The one saving grace may be that a decent operator has been agreed to run the pub – which we are cautiously investigating to find out more about the agreement. We encourage locals to keep an eye on our twitter feed and submit their feedback on the planning portal.”

To comment on the application, click here.

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