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Proposals to shrink Camden’s Black Cap pub still under consideration

Joseph McCormick February 2, 2015

The proposed redevelopment of iconic London gay pub and cabaret venue the Black Cap, which may face a drastic downsizing if the revamp goes ahead, is still ongoing as local councillors ran out of time.

The pub, based in London’s Camden area was built in 1889, and is one of London’s oldest continually operating LGBT venues, after it became popular with gay men in the 1960s.

It faces proposals put to Camden Council by developers that the first, second and third floor of the pub’s containing building will be turned into three flats.

This would mean the Black Cap’s first floor Shufflewick Bar would be lost, as well as eight square meters of the pub’s ground floor area.

A hearing took place on 22 January at 7pm at Camden Town Hall, but Camden Council confirmed to PinkNews today that councillors ran out of time.

They expect that the issue will be taken up at the next council meeting on 12 February.

A report from the council claims that the redevelopment would “strike a balance between maintaining sufficient space within a venue important to the LGBT community and meeting the need for new housing”.

The pub was last year declined Asset of Community Value status, because it apparently did not “meet specific criteria required.”

Over sixty letters of objection have been sent to the council over the plans.

More: black cap, Camden, camden council

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