Branch Statement Regarding Half Moon, Herne Hill

Having reviewed the planning application submitted by Fuller's the Branch has decided to adopt a neutral stance. Individual members are, however, encouraged to comment on the application as they see fit

The Half Moon in Herne Hill shut in August 2013 following a serious flood and has remained closed ever since. The pub was well known as a live music venue, playing host to U2 and The Police, among others.

A planning application was submitted in January 2016 by Fullers, described as “Full planning and Listed Building Consent for a Mixed Class A4 and C1 use; internal and external alterations and repair work to include new kitchen, plant and AC compound on the rear single storey flat roof, the provision of an external bar, mezzanine and outdoor seating, works to the rear garage; and a two storey rear extension.”

We are aware that there are different points of view with regard to this application:
On the one hand, the pub has been closed for some time and it would be good to see it open under the management of an experienced pub company in the near future
On the other hand, the pub is renowned for its live music, and there is a strong possibility that this aspect will be lost if the current application is granted, changing the character of the venue
Clearly we support the pub re-opening as was demonstrated by our protest crawl of closed pubs last year which included the Half Moon.

Given that both proposed options for the pub have their advantages and drawbacks, we have decided that we will not, as a Branch, be commenting either in support of or against the application. However, we encourage individual Branch members to submit their own points of view so that the application can be fully and properly considered.
The closing date for comments is 15 March 2016 and the planning application can be found here.