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Landmark pub saved from closure

July 5, 2012

The famous Black Cap pub in Camden Town has been saved from redevelopment by local residents and famous faces alike.

Owners Faucet Inn had applied for planning permission to convert the upper floors of the popular High Street pub into three flats, which would have led to the closure of the first-floor bar and terrace.

But a campaign by regulars and Soap actress Michelle Collins of Coronation Street and EastEnders fame, has led to the Town Hall's planning department rejecting the application.

The pub is a much-valued space for the neighborhood and it was considered that the loss of the pub and restaurant use at first floor would be detrimental to the gay and lesbian community for whom this is a key meeting place.

The Black Cap has served the gay community for more than 60 years and is considered by many to be a genuine landmark in Camden Town.

"This is a great pub with a wonderful history and serves the local gay and straight community well," says Vatche Cherchian, manager at the Camden branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. "We are delighted that the decision has been reached to preserve the pub for future generations to enjoy." 

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