Issue 62 — June 2007
Sun sets on the Globe
Hopes that the Globe in Cranham Street might eventually reopen as a pub were dashed in April. The Council had refused Novello Properties planning permission to turn the building into four two-bedroom houses, arguing that the Globe was still needed, and served a distinct local clientele not catered to elsewhere.
The Planning Inspector disagreed: “I appreciate that The Globe pub may have provided a slightly different ambience to others and that this was its attraction in meeting the particular requirements and personal tastes of a section of the local community. However, there is no guarantee that under new management the pub would operate in the same way”.
Adrian Arbib, on behalf of the Community Association had also said that the previous owner, Edlridge Pope, had made little effort to find a new tenant for a what was evidently a viable business.
Adrian says there should still be an opportunity for a ‘green’ community pub with a micro brewery. But that does not appeal to Novello properties who ,when asked what they might sell it for, suggested around £1 million.