Developers lost fight to alter historic Sidcup pub

PUBLISHED: 19:00 12 July 2013

The developer of a historic Sidcup pub is being forced to recreate the facade it demolished in 2011.

The 300-year-old Black Horse pub in Sidcup High Street was torn down to make way for an 84-bedroom Travelodge.

Planning permission was granted but on the condition Hillingdon Developments build a new facade reflecting the pub as it was in 1897 to remember its history.

But Bexley Council slapped an enforcement notice on the company in December forcing it to build the planned facade because what they produced bore little resemblance to the original.

Hillingdon’s original appeal was turned down in May and their request has again been rejected.

A Sidcup Community Group spokesman said: “I am aware there are some who find this issue no big deal and feel even an image of the Black Horse was not worth fighting for.

“To those I would simply say the fight has to some extent been about democracy.

“In our opinion there was a clear attempt to trample planning laws devised by the democratic process.”

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