The fight to save the historic George Tavern has been relentless over the last few years.
A first planning application for development of the site adjacent to the venue in 2008 was eventually rejected by Tower Hamlets Council. The developers returned with a new planning application, which was also rejected In 2o12.
The developers appealed the local council’s rejection to the Planning Inspector which overturned the initial decision by the Council. This was appealed by the George at the High Court which agreed with the Inspectorate.
The George has been given a lifeline and the right to appeal this decision at the Court of Appeal in what the Barrister views as a test-case for music venues and other established businesses up and down the country. The Court will consider whether planning authorities should allow new development, if it threatens established licensed premises. In particular, the Court will consider whether complaints from residents of any new development will put the operating licences of live music venues at risk.
Landlady and owner Pauline Forster has been at the forefront of this campaign for the last six years which is backed by a host of celebrities including Kate Moss, Grace Jones, John Cooper Clarke, Tom Daley, Ricky Wilson, Plan B, and Sir Ian McKellen.
We need your support to continue the fight against the proposed development on the adjacent property, which would effectively mean the end of the pub as music venue, and as a consequence, as a viable business.
The George Tavern is an historic listed building which has opened its doors to the East End and artistic communities for hundreds of years with a rich popular music heritage.
Its loss would be more than a local tragedy… it would be a crime.
Pictures courtesy of Spitalfields Life