The Villagers Pub
FOR THE COMMUNITY, BY THE COMMUNITY
Who oversees planning for the area?
The property is administered by Waverley Borough Council. The property is not listed. Blackheath is a designated conservation area. The surrounding Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There have been no recent planning applications. In 2004 permission was granted for the installation of telecommunication panel antennas and ancillary equipment.
What type of licence does the pub have?
The property benefits from a Premises Licence which is held by Wellington Pub Company (Licence no. LN/501577) issued 24 November 2005.
The licence permits the following activities:
Who currently owns the pub?
The pub is owned by The Wellington Pub Group. The village is very concerned that the owners are resisting the opportunity of re-opening the pub either under a new lease or selling the freehold. We strongly suspect that they have other plans for the site.
What is the current state of the pub?
Externally the fabric of the building is deteriorating. The rendering is cracking and flaking in numerous places. The main roof structure is covered in moss and there are several missing slates and slate clips where temporary repairs have been undertaken. The felt temporary roofing to the bedroom block is mostly ripped. There are also small sections of flat roof to the front of the property and connecting the main building to the garage. Flat roofs of all types are prone to failure and have a limited life span. The rainwater goods need a complete overhaul, although at the time of the inspection there appeared limited signs of water ingress. New signage and lighting is required throughout as well as external redecoration. There are numerous structures in the rear yard area including a wooden pergola, wooden and concrete sheds with asbestos style sheet roofing. In our opinion these all need to be removed and replaced. The garden and trade patio require a complete overhaul. Internally the property has been stripped of all loose fixtures and fittings as well as all fixed trade kitchen equipment. The property requires a complete redecoration and refurbishment. Whilst heating and electrical goods were not tested, it was apparent that the electrical wiring had numerous later additions to circuits. We assume that the electrical wiring would not conform to the latest regulations and the boiler will need to be replaced.
The property sits on land that gradually slopes from south to north occupying a rectangular plot. The main building is two storey in height with a front flat roof extension. To the right hand side is a two storey detached garage with slate roof which is connected to the main building by a single storey flat roof extension. To the rear there are a number of outbuildings and single garages of wooden and concrete construction. The former skittle alley, latterly used as bedrooms, is of brick construction with slate roof with felt overlay. Condition& Repair The property is closed and boarded with metal sheets.
Where is the pub?
The Villagers is located in Blackheath, a village in the Surrey Hills, approximately 5 miles south of Guildford. Blackheath has no shop and The Villagers is the only pub. Despite this, there is a strong sense of community with St Martin’s Church, the Village Hall and the Cricket Club. The village is a rural settlement served by unclassified roads. The nearest train station is Chilworth, approximately 1.5 miles to the north. The pub is situated at the northern end of Blackheath Lane surrounded by residential properties and Blackheath Common, a mainly wooded area.
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