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TOPIC: For sale: One Fox Lane

For sale: One Fox Lane 18 Jul 2018 19:10 #3982

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fox and pure gym cgi

The retail unit taking up part of the original pub has been let to Pure Gyms for a period of 20 years

The Fox and its car park are (or were) up for sale.  The estate agents Knight Frank, under instruction from the current owners of the site, have been inviting potential developers to bid to purchase the freehold of  "One Fox Lane", the final date for bidding being Wednesday 11th June.

The brochure issued by Knight Frank reveals that the part of the pub building designated for retail use has been let to Pure Gyms for a period of 20 years.  This will take up the area which was once a theatre plus the existing retail premises to its left - its floorspace is actually larger than the new Fox pub, on the ground floor at least.

The refurbished pub has been leased to Star Pubs & Bars (a subsidiary of Heineken) for 125 years at a peppercorn rent.  Star will operate is as a "high-quality food / gastro pub (similar to The Kings Head in Winchmore Hill)".

The Fox has now closed and the car park has been blocked off by large concrete obstacles.  However, there is still a van in the car park - presumably one that was abandoned here and is now trapped.

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For sale: One Fox Lane 18 Jul 2018 22:54 #3983

Surprised to see they claim the River Lea is 500 meters away :)......think they mean the New River

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For sale: One Fox Lane 18 Jul 2018 23:47 #3984

The image of the new development is as overpowering as I feared. Really respects the Fox and the surrounding area. For some reason I can't open the brochure; censorship?

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For sale: One Fox Lane 19 Jul 2018 00:26 #3985

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Sorry about the problem with the link to the brochure. It's now fixed, but you may have to clear your browser cache (Ctrl+F5).

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For sale: One Fox Lane 19 Jul 2018 09:49 #3989

Fantastic news about PureGym, really super, just what the high street needs (see earlier comments about the need for greater variety beyond A1-A3 retail for local high streets to prosper).

Pity the council wanted an extra level for more affordable housing, looks super otherwise.

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For sale: One Fox Lane 19 Jul 2018 09:54 #3990

Quick check though - I thought retention of the function room (albeit smaller than some wanted) was meant to be a condition of the planning? Is this now totally absorbed by the PureGym??

Bit naughty if so and allowed by the Council without going back to planning.

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For sale: One Fox Lane 19 Jul 2018 14:33 #3992

Best and final bids are in....

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For sale: One Fox Lane 19 Jul 2018 14:38 #3993

The old function room disappeared as part of the plan long ago - that's one reason why there was so much opposition. There is a small space tucked in to the side of interior of the pub space supposedly with movable doors with sound proofing which is said to allow a space to be used for various purposes at suitable times. What's the community equivalent of "greenwash"?

The other main complaint was that the development buried the Fox and was inappropriate to the area. I think that the brochure illustration proves we were right.

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