Wandsworth Council have added The Wheatsheaf pub to their ‘Local List’ in response to calls from local campaigners and Sadiq Khan MP.
With the future of The Wheatsheaf pub in Tooting Bec still under threat from a supermarket take over, Sadiq Khan urged local councillors to add the popular pub to the Council’s ‘Local List’ ahead of their committee meeting last night. This is not quite the same as a ‘listed building’, but the award does carry significant weight when it comes to the planning process. On Monday night the Council voted to ‘Locally List’ The Wheatsheaf at the meeting of the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee.
The Tooting MP has been campaigning with local residents and pub lovers to save the pub from a supermarket take over since July. So far, campaigners have ruled out a Tesco take over, as well as receiving assurances from other supermarket giants Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and the Co-operative that they would keep their hands off The Wheatsheaf. Sadiq Khan also secured assurances from owners of the pub, Enterprise Inns, that they have no plans to sell the pub.
Sadiq Khan is continuing to call for the Council to make an Article 4 Direction – which would ensure any application to change the use of the property would have to be considered by elected councillors. More than one thousand local residents and campaigners have added their name to the MP’s letter to the Council, and the application will be considered by councillors in the Town Hall in November. Click here to add your name to the letter.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“I am very pleased that our request to have The Wheatsheaf ‘Locally Listed’ has been successful. This is another step on the ladder to securing the future of The Wheatsheaf as a pub for generations to come. Although this is not a cast-iron solution, it will help protect the pub should it face redevelopment.
"This latest success in the fight to save The Wheatsheaf shows the Council is taking our campaign seriously. We now need one big final push from the campaign and local residents to make Wandsworth Council issue an Article 4 Direction for the pub and then the thousands of local residents and users of the Wheatsheaf can share a joint sigh of relief"
You can read a copy of the letter calling for the Council to 'Locally List' The Wheatsheaf here.