You’re barred: behind the railings last orders are called on a traditional Hackney boozer

Acorn pub Queensbridge and Whiston rds 281016 © DavidAltheer [at]

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.

One of his companies, Macneil UB40, has applied to Hackney council for permission to level the now-closed Acorn on Monday 14 November 2016.

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”.

Acorn pub Queensbridge and Whiston rds 281016 © DavidAltheer [at]
Top: shuttered and shut. Above, death sentence for a pub with a small, non-faddist clientele
A day later, the agent emailed that neither Lukka nor the co-owner (his wife Anjana) would be commenting.

The New Zealand-educated Lukka, 59, is director of 18 companies. Investments include property and care homes, and the businesses have a total net worth of more than £20 million.

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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