Half Moon Pub is made an Asset of Community Value
Campaigners working to reopen the Half Moon Pub as a grassroots music venue made a significant step forward with week, with the news that the nomination to Southwark Council to make the pub an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been successful.
The property will now appear on the Council's list of Assets of Community Value for a period of five years from 21st December 2015, and a restriction entered on the title at the Land Registry in accordance with the provisions of the Localism Act 2011. Under the provisions of the Act, owners seeking to change a building's planning use class must allow its users (for example, a pub's regular drinkers) to comment. ACV status is also a material consideration in considering (and refusing) a planning application for change of use. The future of the Half Moon as a live music pub is currently threatened by plans by the owner (Dulwich Estate) to redevelop the 250-capacity function room into a restaurant.
In making the nomination for Asset of Community Value, campaigners were required to make a case for how the pub furthered the social wellbeing or social interests of the community. Peter Blair, who is leading the Save the Half Moon Campaign said:
"Starting in November, we've been out on the streets of Herne Hill meeting people from nineteen to ninety. Not only have their personal stories about their connection with the Half Moon, often over generations, been very moving, but I have yet to talk to a single individual who is not 100% behind what we are trying to achieve. This is not just about a saving a venue where U2 played. Cancelled events when the pub was flooded in August 2013 included a Mozart Opera production and Jazz Talent Showcase for local kids."
“With ACV status, we have taken a significant step forward towards reopening and saving the Half Moon for our community as a music pub."
“This is a great Christmas present for the people of Herne Hill, who have been unequivocal in their support for the pub as a live music venue."
“We appreciate that we still have work to do with the landlord of the Half Moon, which is why we are also in contact with the Mayor’s Music Venues Taskforce, with a view to working towards a long-term commitment and sustainable business plan for the pub as a grassroots music venue.”
The online petition to the Mayor's office to save the Half Moon as a live music venue now has over 6,100 supporters. Signatories include actor Mark Rylance and the singer Paul Young, who said: "I play there regularly and it's one of the greatest venues in London."
You can find out more about the campaign here.
You can sign the online petition to save live music at the Half Moon here.
You can find out more facts about the cultural history of the pub here.