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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:

1)

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 …

2)

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 🙂

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