THE BUSINESSMAN WHO owns the Acorn has stonewalled Loving Dalston’s request for openness about his planned demolition of the pub, which has had a loyal local following.
Loving Dalston had asked Nilesh Jamnadas Lukka, of Macneil UB40, via his planning agent, Studio 08, of Stamford Hill N16 6TU, whether the firm would offer the site, at the corner of Queensbridge and Whiston roads E2 8PB, for sale after demolition to a property developer.
Selling a site on after it has been levelled, or once permission for a new building has been obtained, can mean quicker profits for investors.
Agent Andrew West said Lukka would build the scheme, for which he was still awaiting permission from Hackney council. The Companies House entry for the ten-year-old Barnet N3 1DE firm says its business is “letting and operating of own or leased real estate [and] buying and selling of own real estate”.
A day later, the agent emailed that neither Lukka nor the co-owner (his wife Anjana) would be commenting.
The campaigner Camra, which has helped to save many pubs and craft breweries, is considering an application for Hackney council to declare the Acorn an asset of community value (ACV), under the Conservatives’ Localism Act.
David Altheer 291016
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