On 29th November 2016 Lambeth’s Planning Committee considered the application to allow the upper floors of the closed Grosvenor Arms pub to be converted into housing use. The application was opposed by representatives of the Brixton Society and the SW London Branch of CAMRA because converting the upper floors to separate residential use would render the ground floor unviable as a pub. The Committee agreed and by 5 votes to one rejected the planning application. It is open to the developer to appeal the decision but, for now at least, the Grosvenor lives to fight another day.
The picture on the right is from CAMRA’s website, showing the currently boarded up pub.
Back in March 2015 the South London Press wrote up the case and Bill Linskey of the Brixton Society opposed splitting the building into separate upstairs residential units as this would open the way to a change of use from a pub. Naturally we are pleased that the Planning Committee has confirmed the logic of our view – and taken this decision by an overwhelming majority.