Very sad to report the news that the Appeal was upheld and the decision has been made to allow the demolition of the Penny Ferry (Pike and Eel) pub which opens the way for the building of 5 luxury homes along the river front.
The campaign to save the Penny Ferry/Pike and Eel pub was fought by 13 organisations who joined together, including Old Chesterton Residents Association, Cambridge Past, Present and Future, Friends of Stourbridge Common, CAMRA and rowers. Clare Blair, a member of OCRA and Friends of Stourbridge Common, said on behalf of all the campaigners:
“Of course we are very disappointed. The Inspector’s judgement goes against an unprecedented number of community organisations both locally and city wide, the hundreds of residents who supported the campaign and the considered view of city councillors who listened carefully to all arguments. We have fought for two years to save a wonderful piece of Cambridge’s history which will now be lost to expensive private housing of poor and overbearing design which will add nothing to our heritage.
Far too many pubs have been lost to developers keen to maximise their profits. Had some of the current local and national protections for pubs been in place two years ago when the application was first made, we might have been able to save this one for future generations to enjoy. It certainly defies common sense to say that this very special riverside pub could never be run profitably. Planning has to do better for Cambridge than this in the future.”
This decision will be discussed at the FoSC AGM on 13th September.
To read the full decision and costs application clink on the links below (PDF files)