The Wheatsheaf is a much-valued local community pub. The proposed sale of the freehold to developers may involve the loss of the pub use either from wholesale redevelopment or from a change of use of the existing building. The local community wishes to protect the pub use and the present building, which is of local heritage merit. Wandsworth can facilitate this protection by adding the Wheatsheaf to the Register of Community Assets and by issuing an Article 4 Direction to prevent demolition and/or change of use. Because it is not protected by any heritage status, it can at present be summarily demolished or converted to some non-pub uses, including retail, without a planning application.
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