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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 Black Horse and this prevents the owner demolishing without notifying the council. The pub 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.

 

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.

Reader Comments (6)

This pub is an eye-sore and an anti-scoial menace. It's not a viable business and I for one will be delighted to see the back of it. The building is nowhere near as old as suggested in this article and to state as fact that Sponna manor stood here is at best inaccurate and at worst a deliberate attempt to mislead. Good riddens to bad rubbish!

By Dave Barry on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Please see briefing note from the city council http://www.coventrysociety.org.uk/js/plugins/filemanager/files/information/Black_Horse_Briefing_note_21st_November_2012_1.pdf

By Coventry Society on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"Eye sore" - crass comments from Dave Barrie. The pub like anywhere has had it's moments, however it is a building worth preserving. Coventry's historical buildings are slowly being raised to the ground by fools and back hand deals. I believe most Coventry people would like to hold onto what is left of a once proud. Despite this the buildings seem to go to make way for poorly designed buildings that pleaseyour average 'Dave'. I just hope he doesn't moan too much about the increase in traffic when it is all done. One last thought how about putting up a car park in place of that old church without a roof in the middle of town?

By neil mcdermott on Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Black Horse could easily be converted into student accommodation which would re-use a heritage building in Spon End. There is plenty of parking and room to extend.

By Stephen Williamson on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Interesting suggestion by Stephen - I, along with several others, lived there as a student about 30 years ago. Great times - looked after by the lovely Brendan and Bridie McDermott, landlord and landlady at the time. I visited just a few years ago and was shocked to see what had happened to the place. I'm a long way away from Coventry these days and it's not clear if the pub is still standing, but I agree....with the right input, places like this can have life breathed back into them. Instead, the lure of easy money often wins over.

By Graham Peters on Saturday, June 22, 2013

I have to agree with the majority of comments on this page too many buildings are being demolished in the name of progress. it doesn't take much imagination to see that in the right hands it could be restored to its former glory " a freehold public house". A lot of pubs have gone from around Coventry it seems all that is left are the ones owned by the big boys, i firmly believe it is well placed to serve the local community and would feel a great pleasure in seeing it reopened and serving beer and good food, especially if the outside were to be lovingly restored.

By Pete Drury on Saturday, January 4, 2014

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