The long running story of the south London pub which Foxtons wants to convert to a new office has taken another twist - now the local council has declared the building “a community asset” which effectively means it cannot be used by the agency.
Back in April the Elephant & Castle pub in - of course - Elephant & Castle , was targetted by a Foxtons planning application naming it as its next branch. The pub closed early this year after a stabbing incident and Foxtons has since applied to change its use.
Because of the pub’s pedigree, being 250 years old, the local Southwark council had the chance if it so wished to declare it a community asset.
“We’re really excited at the prospect of opening an office right in the heart of Elephant & Castle. We’ve been operating in the area for years now from our nearby London Bridge office and in the last year alone we’ve dealt with hundreds of properties and people there,” a spokesperson for Foxtons told Estate Agent Today.
However, local housing campaigner Piers Corbyn - brother of Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn - told the Evening Standard that the plan to turn it into an estate agency was another example of “the disgraceful events taking place in Southwark.”
Last week Foxtons’ woes increased as the pub was squatted by anti-Foxtons campaigners . They erected posters on the pub including one saying ‘Listen up Foxtons, this 250 year old pub does not belong to you!’ and another saying ‘**** Foxtons’.
Now it appears the campaigners have won, although the group claiming credit for the council’s decision is conservation body the Walworth Society.
A spokeswoman for the society is quoted as saying: “The Elephant, Walworth and the Old Kent Road used to host around 200 public houses serving the local community and hosting their social events as well as welcoming people passing through our area. There are now less than 20 pubs left so we need to safeguard these to allow them to become pubs and entertainment places for the future.”