Landmark Wimbledon Park Pub Is Set To Close

Future uncertain as developers thought to have bought the site

The landmark Woodman pub in Durnsford Road, Wimbledon, has been sold and is set to close - possibly this weekend.

A notice in the window of the pub, the only one near Wimbledon Park station, states that pubco owners Greene King have accepted an offer and a sale is going through.

It is understood to have been sold to a building company. It is thought they want to keep the pub and potentially build on the land around it.

Campaigners from the SW London branch of CAMRA have been told by Greene King that the pub has been sold and is to close.

There is no date for the closure - although it is thought to be this weekend - and there has been no application for planning permission for building work on the site.

Planned Government legislation will mean businesses will have to submit a planning application if they want to convert a pub into premises such as a supermarket.

The bill has recently been approved by the Lords and is among the legislation that will go forward to Royal Assent to become law before Parliament breaks for June’s General Election.

Greene King is among a number of companies that has agreed to voluntarily implement the new rules before they come into force, although it no longer owns the Woodman.

Elsewhere in Wimbledon, pubs like the Brewery Tap in Wimbledon Village and the Grove Tavern in South Wimbledon have been converted to retail premises in recent years without the need for planning permission.

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April 28, 2017

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The Woodman pub in Wimbledon Park

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