Local people given greater say in future of historic building in Tooting

Published: Friday 14th December 18

The council has agreed to give the local community an increased say in the future of an historic building in Tooting.

The town hall has named Gardener’s Lodge as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), reflecting its important contribution to the social history of the borough.

The lodge is a Grade II Listed building in Tooting Bec Road which dates back to the 19th Century and is one of Tooting’s oldest buildings.

Gardener's Lodge is now an asset of community value

Designating it as an ACV means that if the current owner wishes to sell the building he must give the local community the chance to buy it. The listing gives local residents a six month window in which to raise sufficient funds to purchase it.

Although the owner does not have to sell to a community group, the ACV designation improves the chances of local grassroots organisations being able to raise the necessary funds by effectively triggering a six month moratorium on the sale.

Finance spokesman Cllr Guy Senior said: “The lodge dates back to the early 19th Century and has played a prominent role in the story of Tooting for the past 200 years.

“It was originally part of a much bigger horticultural estate at a time when this part of the borough was completely rural. It is one of the only buildings still in existence that reminds us of Tooting’s long-lost agricultural past.

“As well as its historical significance it has fine architectural merit too and is an important surviving example of a late Georgian-era lodge building.

“Awarding it ACV status gives it an added layer of protection so that it can be safeguarded for future generations. It means the building cannot be sold without the local community being given the chance to purchase it.”

The lodge has been vacant since 2010, having previously been used as a garden centre. Its current owner has a planning consent to use the site for retail purposes and has been subject to various forms of enforcement action for neglecting the building and allowing parts of it to fall into a state of disrepair.

The council’s website has more information about making an ACV application and a list of other local properties that have been given this status.

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Recent comments

Just get rid. No point being nostalgic
NANCY NICOLA

30 December 2018

This building has been an eye sore for years. The builder clearly waiting until they can develop it into flats. It should be subject to CPO and returned to its former glory. It brings the whole area down and has taken years for the planners to do anything about it.
D taylor

14 December 2018

What a selfish developer to leave this house empty for 9 years while people sleep on the street. The council should make a compulsory purchase order. The owner does not deserve to own this and leave it empty
Simon

14 December 2018

Pull it down, it’s an eyesore and not a particularly pleasing building. There are far better buildings that deserve protection
Tony R S Ashford

14 December 2018

I'm very pleased that this building can be preserved, and look forward to seeing it restored.
Vanessa Hopkins

14 December 2018