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Plans to reopen empty Crayford pub as café-bar and build three flats upstairs approved

PUBLISHED: 10:38 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 01 September 2017

Charlotte pub in Crayford has been empty since last year

Charlotte pub in Crayford has been empty since last year

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Planning councillors made their decision on Thursday

Proposals to breathe life back in to the Royal Charlotte pub in Crayford with three flats built upstairs were approved on Thursday night.

The abandoned pub, more recently known as the Charlotte, has garnered interest from a developer hoping to revamp the bar area to also offer food, while installing a studio flat along with one and two bedroom apartments upstairs.

Under proposals, parts of the first floor will be extended to create the apartments, which will be visible between the current sloped roofline.

Crayford councillor Geraldene Lucia-Herris managed the pub with her husband for 10 years before retiring last year, she said: “I think the proposal is the best of a bad lot, there had been an application for five apartments which would have taken away the pub and been a massive overdevelopment in my opinion.”

Following Cllr Lucia-Herris’ retirement, the pub has laid dormant, but was quickly listed as an asset of community value in September following an application by Bexley Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Under planning documents, the building is expected to be used as a café/bar.

Council planning officers have recommended the premises runs from 10am to 10.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 11pm on Saturdays and 11am to 10pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Before the meeting, residents had already raised concerns over noise coming from the property, which is detached from a row of houses on one side, claiming: “When the pub was originally built it was not surrounded by housing, however now it is and as such is not appropriate in this location.”

Cllr Lucia-Herris countered: “The Charlotte has been there for years, if you don’t like the level of noise then don’t move next to a pub.

“As long as the pub is in use it is a good thing, it will still be able to serve the community.”

Despite having no plans for developing new parking spaces, Highways England raised no qualms with the proposal, given its location just a few minutes walk away from Crayford train station and the town centre.

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