Yet another valued and historic former pub building is under threat. This time it’s The Ship at 55 High St in South Norwood. Local people have started a campaign to persuade Croydon Council to reject the planning application to turn this closed pub into offices and flats. Their petition can be signed at https://www.change.org/en-GB/organisations/savetheship. Among other activities they will be collecting signatures at Selhurst and Norwood Junction stations.
The campaigners argue that the building is of significant architectural interest and object to the proposed change of use.
They are seeking to maintain A2 retail usage, since shops are important to the local community and this building is on a busy high street.
The building is in a conservation area and they object to the plans as they are not in keeping with aesthetics of the area as outlined in The London Plan 2011 Policy 7.4 Local Character.
The owners of The Ship are seeking a change of use to enable it to converted to 4 two bedroom, 2 one bedroom and 1 studio flats and office with mansard roof extensions. The details can be seen by going to the Council’s planning register and typing in the application number 15/00954/P. The building is in a conservation area so there are extra planning considerations to be taken into account.
The building has been in A2 retail use since the 1820s and became a public house in 1852 and has continued to be so until its closure in June 2014.
Council’s Previous Planning Refusal
A previous application was rejected in January which proposed 7 two bedroom, 2 one bedroom flats and office and construction of mansard roof extensions. (14/04841/P)
The Council’s decision notice states the reasons for refusal as:
‘1. The development would not protect or conserve the particular interest that led to the designation of this building on the Local List of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, nor preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Conservation Area by reason of its scale, massing, height, design and appearance and would thereby conflict with Policies SP4.1, SP4.13 and SP4.14 of the Croydon Local Plan – Strategic Policies, Policies UD2, UD3, UC3 and UC9 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (The Croydon Plan 2006) Saved Policies 2013, Policies 7.4, 7.6 and 7.8 of the London Plan and the South Norwood Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
- The development would result in sub-standard accommodation by reason of inadequate privacy, poor outlook and insufficient natural light to rooms and would thereby conflict with Policy UD8 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (the Croydon Plan 2006) Saved Policies 2013 and Policy 3.5 of the London Plan 2011 (with 2013 Alterations) and Policy 5.1.1 of the Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (November 2012) ‘
Who are the developers?
The applicant is Ali Amouzandeh of Unit 12, 88 Clapham Park Rd. The agent is E. Amouzandeh of Engineering Force Ltd which is also based at Unit 12, but for the purposes of the application he gives a Wimbledon address. His full first name is Ehsan.
Ali was sole Director of AA Construction (London) Ltd, which agreed 15 October 2014 at an EGM to wind itself up voluntarily and appoint a liquidator. (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2221000)
Ehsan is also a Director of Engineering Force Ltd, Flame (London) Ltd (unlicensed restaurants & cafes) (also at Unit 12), Roselodge Village Ltd (also at Unit 12), and Perfect Smile Clinic Ltd (a dental practice). In the past he was Director of West Link Piling and Foundation Systems Ltd (in liquidation), CEEMA Force Ltd (dissolved) and EASM Property Development Ltd (dissolved). He was also Company Secretary of AA Construction until 1 July 2013.
Engineering Force Ltd is civil and structural engineers with several prestige projects operating in the UK, France, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and UAE. http://www.engineeringforce.co.uk
What can be done to save valued pub buildings?
The issue of the loss of former valued public houses was discussed by me at
Please sign the Ship petition at