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Sidcup Waitrose and Travelodge plan worries Sidcup residents

PUBLISHED: 10:14 13 October 2011

»Residents are worried that a piece of local history will be lost forever after plans to build a supermarket and hotel moved one step closer.

Hillingdon Developers Ltd are hoping to demolish the Black Horse pub in Sidcup High Street to make way for a Waitrose and 84-bed Travelodge.

The renewed planning application, which is due to be decided on by Friday, December 23, comes after developers were told by council bosses to submit another application. The first one only called for partial demolition of the pub.

Developers originally planned to keep the front facade of the pub but because of structural concerns they now wish to demolish the facade and rebuild it to look the same.

Peter Laundy, secretary of the Sidcup Community Group, said: “The revised application calls for the demolition of the Black Horse facade and incorporation of some of it into the front of the Travelodge but minus important architectural elements such as the bay windows.

‘Remains’

“Many residents will be pleased to see the back of the ‘wreck’ which is the Black Horse in recent years, but this locally listed building is one of the few remains of the past.

“Besides, the developers knew of its condition when they won planning permission so in my opinion they should be made to adhere to their undertaking.”

The application includes demolishing 1 High Street, the pub, and No.3 and the construction of a three-storey building accommodating a Waitrose, together with the 84-bed hotel on the two upper floors, as well as 60 parking spaces plus an overspill car park at the back of the library in Hadlow Road.

A spokesman for the developers said: “Our engineers are of the opinion that any further work to try to complete the demolition in accordance with the granted permission will cause the facade to collapse.”

A council spokesman said: “This latest application not only includes the complete demolition of the public house but also now includes only one retail unit and one commercial unit compared with the one retail unit and two commercial units previously approved.”

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