Tesco have leased our community pub, the Golden Harp, from Enterprise Inns. They do not have to apply for change of use, only permission to make minor alterations to the exterior of the building. I think we the locals are doing everything we can to oppose them, and have our ward Councillors on our side, but we are nonetheless very worried about the outcome.
In December concerned residents staged a demonstration outside the Golden Harp after Tesco confirmed it is leasing the site from owner Enterprise Inns. The group, concerned about losing a community hub, protested with signs saying 'Tesco; ripping the Harp out of the community'.
A petition was launched and gained over 4,000 signatures. The group opposed to the plans have also set up a 'Furze Platt Action Group' Facebook group.
Tesco submitted six planning applications to the Royal Borough for interior and exterior changes to the building.
Councillors' reasons for objecting to the applications included the fact the changes would be unsympathetic to a building which sits at the apex of the Furze Platt Triangle Conservation Area.
In May Councillors on the Maidenhead Development Control panel decided at a behind closed doors section of a panel meeting to not enforce an Article 4 notice on Tesco for their plans to convert the Golden Harp pub. An article 4 direction would have forced Tesco to apply for planning permission for change of use of the site from a pub to retail use.
Please follow the campaign group on twitter at @savingtheharp.