Pegasus Group were first instructed by McMullen and Sons to carry out an appraisal into securing planning consent for the conversion of the upper floors of the Eagle Public house in the London Borough of Hackney to independent residential accommodation. The ornate appearance of the historic public house makes it a local landmark and a building of historical and cultural interest that it is immortalised in the nursery rhyme ‘Pop goes the weasel’.
Following the appraisal Pegasus Group were instructed to prepare and submit a full planning application for the conversion of the upper floors. A key consideration was the need to demonstrate that the introduction of separate planning units above the public house would not impact negatively on the ability for it to remain as a going concern. Professional advice was given during the preparation of the application to ensure that once registered no amendments were required for the application to be approved under officers’ delegated powers. Notwithstanding this, Pegasus Group had to spend weeks chasing officers at the Council before they would issue the decision notice. Through sheer perseverance and an offer to agree an extension of time for the application, the decision notice was finally issued just before Christmas.
The approval of the application means that the upper floors of the public house can now be brought into an economically viable future use that will help to ensure the long-term retention of the public house.
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