Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Bid to demolish the Black Horse
A notice has been posted on the front door of the Black Horse pub in Spon End stating that Christchurch Property Company Ltd have applied to Coventry City Council to demolish the Victorian pub in the next couple of months.
The notice is dated 22 November and it states that demolition is proposed to take place a month after this date.The Black Horse was bought from the Punch Taverns pub company and the new owner Tony Harris, declared his intention to demolish this landmark heritage building in Spon End. It is believed that the owner intends to rent the land to the Nissan Car dealer next to the Black Horse as a car park.
The city council locally listed the pub and this prevents the owner demolishing without notifying the council. The Black Horse had been a grade II listed building but Punch Taverns appealed to have this listing removed because it was thought to be making the property hard to sell. English Heritage dully obliged!
The Black Horse was built in the 18th century and rebuilt in the 19th century and was a rare example of a Victoria pub. However problems have persisted over the last few years with changes in management and the generally tough trading conditions in the pub trade.
The site of the Black Horse is where the medieval manor house of Sponna was, which records indicate existed in 1253. So this historic site is to become a car park!
The public have until the 13 December to make objections because this is when the public consultation ends. A decision could be made as early as the 18 December.If you follow this link it will take you to the city council planning portal and directly to the application with all of the relevant documents, including the site notice that is fixed to the door of the pub.
If you object to the demolition of the Black Horse this is your chance to object. Contact the city council planning department and let us know your views.
Some people may think that demolition is in the best interests of the area and that losing another heritage building does not matter. Some people may think that this is just a part of the decline of the pub trade.Whatever you think we would be interested in your views.
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