Half Moon Pub - update from The Dulwich Estate

Lots of you have been asking for the latest on the Half Moon Pub, and feeling a gap in our community where the live music used to be.  The Dulwich Estate have kindly provided the following update, both on the squatters and the proposed redevelopment:

"Following the flood in August 2013, the Half Moon Public House, unfortunately, did not reopen and The Dulwich Estate subsequently negotiated with the tenant a surrender of the lease on the 24 July 2014 in order that it could proceed with plans for refurbishment and The Estate recognises the value of this historic building both in terms of visual amenity and as a popular venue for residents and others to meet. In order to protect and improve this listed building and to ensure its financial viability in the long-term, initial proposals were drawn up for the conversion of the upper floors into five self-contained flats and a mews house at the rear, retaining the refurbished public house on the ground floor.

However, following pre-application planning advice received from Southwark’s planning department it was suggested that the Estate should look at alternative uses for the upper floors other than for residential accommodation. This has therefore delayed the Estate in making a planning application whilst its architects draw up alternative schemes. Despite efforts to make the building secure after the tenant vacated on 24 July, squatters entered the property in early August. The Estate has had to apply to the Court for an Interim Possession Order and the squatters agreed to vacate at midday on the 10 October. An inspection on 3 October indicates that the squatters have not damaged or removed any of the internal historic fixtures and fittings and have, in fact, kept the property.

Once the squatters vacate, a security organisation will occupy the property until redevelopment works commence. The Estate hopes to put forward proposals for the redevelopment of the property early in 2015 and a full planning application will be submitted. Depending on the outcome of this, it may take between 12 to 18 months before works commence on site. However, the ground floor will remain as a pub and, contrary to rumour, the Estate has not let the premises to a national pub chain."