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Plans for dozens of homes at Battle of Britain pub site withdrawn, but “work on an amended scheme” underway

PUBLISHED: 15:53 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 11 July 2017

The Battle of Britain pub, before its demolition in October

The Battle of Britain pub, before its demolition in October

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The pub at the site was demolished in October

Plans to build dozens of homes over the demolished ruins of a Northfleet pub were pulled at the last minute by developers last week.

In October, punters at the Battle of Britain pub in Coldharbour Road were shocked to discover the beloved pub had been destroyed.

Since then campaigners have fought hard to protect the land, while developers Caldecotte Group put in an application for 25 homes with more than 40 car parking spaces.

A submission to turn the demolished site into an asset of community value, protecting it from major residential development, was turned down by the council at the start of year, with a council spokesperson explaining the site was not used “for a purpose which furthers the social wellbeing or social interest of the local community.”

If built, the development would have also brought cycle storage, private and communal gardens as well as an access road on to New House Lane.

A council spokesperson revealed on Friday: “Having reviewed all the material planning consideration in respect of the planning application, the council’s planning officer was working towards a refusal of planning permission in line with the statutory determination deadline which closes July 7.”

But before the council could makes its formal refusal, the developer withdrew its application on July 6, after it had spoken with the council to establish what decision planning chiefs were working toward.
Caldecotte group is now expected to “work on an amended scheme” which it will discuss with the council before a formal submission is made.

Tina Brooker has led a campaign she said: “People are still angry, especially now its sunny, they want to be back at the Battle of Britain enjoying the beer garden.

“The developers are just going to put another application in, but we feel that given how hard we’ve campaigned, we should be able to sit in on any planning meeting, to make sure residents’ voices are heard.

“Some people would like to see the pub brought back, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen, I’d like to see a community space, something that benefits everyone.

“They could have built a selection of bungalows there for older residents, so they could free-up family homes while the bungalow space could feature a memorial gardens, that would work well for everyone in the community.”

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