Plans to build 20 homes on former Battle of Britain pub site put forward

PUBLISHED: 16:01 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 21 November 2017

The Battle of Britain pub, before developers moved in

The Battle of Britain pub, before developers moved in


The site was demolished in October last year

Plans to build new homes on the ground where the Battle of Britain pub once stood have been put forward to Gravesham council.

The popular Northfleet pub was demolished overnight in October 2016, sparking outrage from punters - even drawing a protest outside the demolished land.

But with a previous housing application for 25 homes withdrawn in July, developers have said the current proposal will be able to fix the “eyesore” that has been left on Coldharbour Road.

Last week Caldecotte Group put forward renewed plans for 20 homes, featuring five four-bedroom houses, five three-bedroom houses, four one-bedroom flats and six two-bedroom flats.

Paul Sturgess, managing director of the development group, said: “This is a well thought out plan which has been developed in discussion with planners.

“Social housing is being made available and when you look at these homes, we think they will be suitable for first or second time buyers.

“We hope it will be received favourably and help to tidy up an area that has become something of an eyesore since the demolition.”

Mr Sturgess stated all of the development’s two-bedroom apartments will be made available under the shared ownership scheme.

But Tina Brooker, who has vehemently campaigned since the pub’s shock closure, is less enthusiastic.

She said: “People are disgusted with what’s happened at the site, whenever I see these kind of developments going through I just feel gutted.

“We keep hearing from the government how we need to look after our traditional pubs, that’s exactly what the Battle was, but we’ve lost it to building new homes.

“I’ve suggested bungalows could be built in the area for elderly residents to move into, so then other larger homes are freed up, but no one seems to listen.

“We’ll keep on fighting against this until a decision is made, we have to make our voices heard to let people know they can’t just do these things without some opposition.

“This new development has fewer parking spaces than before, that’s going to affect other residents nearby by people parking on roads.”

The application is not expected to be heard by Gravesham council’s planning committee until early 2018.

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