There has been an update from David Kitchen of SEGA who met Jonathan Perritt in the Stag. Jonathan, who will be running the Magadala, expects another six weeks before the opening, due to delays with the planning application.
Even given the slip in the initial opening date this this sounds positive news for the beginning of 2015; perhaps Jonathan will be wanting to start planning an inaugural party!!!
Proposal: Partial demolition of existing ground floor extension and replacement with new single storey extension occupying the same footprint. New mansard roof extension on the top floor.
New residential accommodation (two 2-bedroom flats) on the top floors accessed via communal staircase with the new entrance door to the rear of the building. New rear stepped garden and pathway accessed via secured entrance gate to the side of the building.
To read the proposal in full, or to comment, visit Camden Planning Search and use Application Number 2014/6588/P to search.
We will be trying to establish more detail of what is being proposed, but that does not require planning permission, and will post again in due course.
Camden Council have added the Magdala to the list of Assets of Community Value under the Localism Act and have published the fact on the Camden Council Website, where there is also an outline of what this means for the future.
The Guardian have published an article about the state of pubs around the country, and the Campaign for Real Ale’s concern over the increasing number of closures. The Magdala’s interior is listed by CAMRA as having “an historic pub interior of regional importance”, so we can hope for some support in that direction!
Pub at Risk
Future hope for Magdala
Jason Bevan of Belsize Park Gardens NW3 writes:
The prospect of the closure of the Magdala Tavern as reported here last month has prompted much concern amongst locals, and residents of South End Green and beyond. The pressure on community assets and amenities is pervasive, and the prospect of losing another is keenly felt, but strength of feeling of those affected can be harnessed and much can be achieved through collective action, as demonstrated by the success of the campaign to keep local diversity, over Sainsbury’s homogeneity.
To that end a new group, The Friends of the Magdala, met with the South End Green Association(SEGA) this week to discuss areas of common concern and have agreed to work together in the event that a campaign becomes necessary.
Whilst I am encouraged that the new owners stated intention is to reopen the Magdala as a pub, it will close September 7th making it difficult to disseminate news as it arises. For those interested there will be notices posted both on SEGA’s notice boards, and a new informational website at www.friendsofthemagdala.co.uk .