Village pub sale ‘not good news’
Fears site will eventually be housing
A POPULAR village pub has been put up for sale, sparking fears it could one day be turned into housing.
The freehold purchase of the Bar at the George, High St, Chalfont St Peter, has become available with property advisor Christie and Co, who are based on Carmelite Street, London.
The Grade II building, which is found right in the middle of the village, is described as a “substantial building” by the estate agents, who are also selling the garden, car park and accommodation.
Stewart Harkness of Christie and Co, who is the handling the sale of the business, said: “This extremely well located character building offers investors and operators the ability to benefit from a good income stream and net return, with the long term knowledge they have a substantial building with numerous alternative potentials in the future.”
The statement has sparked concern that the ‘numerous alternative potentials’ could involve turning the pub into housing.
Dave Badminton, from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said: “It’s another one gone down in quite a small area which is not good news at all and it’s a good community there so I don’t know why it’s up for sale.”
He added: “It’s not good news. It’s not good for somewhere as small as Chalfont St Peter. You have got two others really and now for the third one to go. There was about five or six originally.”
He added: “I don’t like to see anywhere go down at all because obviously while it’s still a pub it could be a good pub.”
A Christie and Co spokesman said: “The negotiator says there has been good levels of interest from a variety of investors. The owners have had the site for many years and are now, that it’s let out to a tenant that has been successful over the past year, looking to realise their long term investment and use for other ventures.”
Christie are Co are inviting offers for the freehold and have had good levels of interest already.