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Urgent action needed to save 300 year old pub from closure

posted 13 Dec 2010, 22:32 by Stephen Taylor   [ updated 13 Dec 2010, 23:34 ]
Two recent planning applications have been made which, if successful, would lead to the permanent closure of the Duke of Hamilton and in its place there would be two 4-bedroom houses. The details can be found on the Camden website under:

Planning Ref: 2010/1901/P (New Residential Development) and associated application Planning Ref: 2010/1923/C (part demolition)

This would be a tremendous loss to the community and to Hampstead. The Duke is one of the few remaining traditional pubs and is much loved by its regulars and visitors. It is a perfectly viable establishment which contributes to the character of New End and if it goes, that will be it – another focal point of the Village will be lost. 

If you would like to offer comments on the applications you can do so by writing to: Jonathan Markwell, LBC Development Control, Camden Town Hall Extension, Argyle Street, London WC1 8EQ or via the website links:
and 

http://planningrecords.camden.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/PLComments.aspx?pk=222756

Relevant grounds for objection include: 
  • Loss of community and leisure facilities
  • Loss of support for Hampstead as a vibrant centre of independent businesses and shops
  • Conserving Hampstead and Camden’s heritage – in this case a traditional local pub on a site which has had a pub for three hundred years. 
There is now a concerted campaign to Save the Duke. If you wish to support it, please ensure your message is received at Camden before the deadline of 25 June.
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