I am glad to hear that the planning application that sought to turn the Catford Bridge Tavern into 5 flats upstairs, and crucially, a retail unit downstairs, has been REJECTED!
With such great news there’s little reason for the owner not to make a deal with the Catford Bridge Tavern to reinstate the pub, as he sure won’t be allowed to put anything else there!
Many thanks to the council for making what I feel was the right decision, and for listening to all 440 people who wrote in to the planning office to object, and over 2,000 people who signed the on-line petition. Not one person wrote in favour of the application.
Here’s the first 2 reasons why the application was rejected:
The proposed change of use from a public house (Class A4) to retail unit
(Class A1) and residential accommodation (Class C3) would cause the loss of
a vital and valued community facility without a suitable replacement …
The loss of a public house (Class A4) and the creation of a retail unit (Class
A1) would have a negative impact on the viability and vitality of Catford town centre …
This is an important step in the right direction. The atmosphere from the Tavern right now seems to be to stay hopeful and positive. I too am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that some agreement can be made to let the Antic group run the pub again as the Catford Bridge Tavern.
Join me: make a wish on a star, pray if you are so inclined, cross your fingers, write to Santa….whatever works for you 🙂