On the Farnborough Road, this pub lies derelict. What has come to a head over the past couple of weeks are the possible scenarios for the fate of the building.
1) It is turned into a McDonald’s – indications of the chain’s intentions have already been made public.
2) A campaign is running to save the building and restore it to use as a pub, but this is contingent on defeating the McDonald’s planning application, and then raising money to buy, refurbish and operate the pub again.
I would prefer option 2 with a pub over option 1 any day, but there is extreme risk here that if the required funds are not found, then the pub simply lies derelict for another five years or more.
I have published figures that show the magnitude of the sums required, certainly anywhere between £1M to £2.5M is likely to be needed to purchase the site and refurbish it to a usable condition and modern standards.
If the pub was already in operation, it would be a simpler matter. The big risk is that planning is thwarted, and Farnborough is simply left with a derelict building – an embarassing, empty eyesore – for years to come.