|UPDATE: The pub was demolished and housing erected in 2013|
UPDATE 02/09/2013: Harvest Home demolition still making the news – see the updated story timeline at the bottom of this article.
UPDATE 28/09/2011: Harvest Home demolition has begun! Campaign historical info below; see story timeline at bottom.
UPDATE 07/10/2011: Demolition is essentially complete, and the hoarding has been moved back.
A campaign by local residents to try and save the Harvest Home, a ‘building of local interest’ listed with B&DBC.
In March 2011, a developer bought the pub, built in the early 1900s, and erected a large fence around it, then submitted a notice to B&DBC that they intended to demolish the building at the end of June.
Yet another community amenity could be lost by the ravages being inflicted on the country’s pub heritage. But this is more than a Pub loss – it is the possible destruction of a local amenity, a historic building, and part of our social fabric – all without any local consultation or planning permission!
A CAMPAIGN IS BORN
Local residents formed a campaign website (HERE) when news first broke of a possible sale of the pub back in January 2011, and later started collecting signatures on a petition, in the hope that B&DBC would apply an Article 4 Direction which would make planning permission necessary before any demolition took place – in other words, to get approval for what will be put up before tearing it down.
Pretty sensible it would seem – but B&DBC didn’t think so. On May 20th, B&DBC decided to do nothing.
Following a public meeting held in the Gill Nethercott Centre in mid-June, B&DBC said they would consider any new points raised. Word came on Tuesday 21 June that B&DBC decided to do nothing, again.
The campaign, without missing a beat, switched gears and focused on finding out if bats were still present on the site. If they were, then there would be sufficient reason to prevent demolition (at least temporarily) because bats are a protected species.
Visit the campaign website: SAVE THE HARVEST HOME
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The more people who write directly to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council the better – is it right that a developer can knock down a locally listed building? Is it right that the Council doesn’t stop demolition using an ‘Article 4 direction’? Is it true that the hypothetical threat of liability (being sued by the developer) stops our council from acting in the best interests of locals…and democracy?
An introduction to the issues as of August 2011 is presented in a video made by Andrew Reeves-Hall, one of the campaigners. Note: there is no audio during the first few seconds, and there is a postscript video following the credits in which Andrew highlights the letter the Whitchurch Town Council wrote to the Council.
Alas, Cllr Golding and the Basingstoke Development Committee at the Council did not protect the B&DBC locally listed building. It was demolished at the end of September 2011…
CAMPAIGN NEWS ARCHIVE
A timeline of events, and articles about the campaign…
- 19 August – ITV Meridian: Community Assets (features Harvest Home and interview with Whitchurch resident John Buckley)
- 13 December – Whitchurch pubs highlighted at Westminster
- 22 November – Harvest Home developer wants to delay community projects funding
- 27 June – The Harvest Home and an effect on planning legislation
- 25 May – A turn of events (cleared site on market for £400,000)
- 1 December – Housing proposal for Harvest Home site
- 14 October – Pub demolition debated on national news programme (BBC Radio 4 ‘You & Yours’)
- 28 September – A Sad Day
- 2 September – Harvest Home Demolition Approved
- 22 August – Hoarding is Approved (includes YouTube video of B&DBC development control meeting on 17 Aug)
- 15 August – Town Council Write Again
- 15 August – Video Introduction to Campaign to Save The Harvest Home
- 12 August – B&DBC Leadership ‘Spineless’
- 5 August – Borough responds on buildings under threat from developers
- 27 July – Town Council concerned for the character of Whitchurch
- 24 June – BREAKING NEWS – Demolition delayed on Harvest Home
- 23 June – Harvest Home – Demolition on the horizon
- 16 June – Town gets behind the Harvest Campaign
- 13 June – Support for demolishing the Harvest?…
- 6 June – A public meeting – “Save our town” – and latest on the Harvest
- 20 May – Report from B&DBC about decision to do nothing is HERE or in pdf format HERE
- 16 May – Harvest Home – Breaking News (prior approval required before demolition)
- 13 May – Latest on the Harvest Home (just send the bulldozers in overnight?)
- 29 April – The Harvest Home – a building of character at risk
- 23 April – Hoarding erected without permission
- 3 March – Bought by developer (details HERE)
- 26 Jan – Save the Harvest Home website launched
- 18 Jan – Shutters go up at the Harvest
- 2 Sept – Harvest Home closes
Building applications with B&DBC, the local planning authority:
- BDB/3905 (granted 1977-01-04) Erection of an extension to form an enlarged bottle store
- BDB/15338 (granted 1983-09-19) Single story extension to provide WC
- BDB/22624 (granted 1987-07-15) Display of 2 illuminated pole-mounted signs and one illuminated sign and 3 lanterns on front elevation
- BDB/62841 (withdrawn 2006-05-03) Construction of external decking to rear of building with insertion of double doors and side windows to replace existing single door. Construction of concrete ramp to disabled exit
- BDB/64106 (granted 2006-10-24) Rearrangement of parking & garden areas
- BDB/74497 (prior approval required 2011-06-22) Prior Approval of method of demolition and restoration of site
- BDB/74736 (raise no objection 2011-09-02) Prior Approval of method of demolition and restoration of site (method statement for Japanese Knotweed control and disposal)