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Plans submitted for two closed Bexley borough pub sites

Unsafe pub demolition which resulted in £20,000 fine

Plans have been submitted for new developments at two former pubs in Bexley borough.

One site housed Bexley’s oldest pub Ye Olde Leather Bottle until it was demolished in an unsafe manner. That led to Balmonza Ltd being fined £20,000 with another £1000 in costs.

Courtesy Google. Before demolition

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Balmonza Ltd had not arranged for gas and electricity supplies to be properly disconnected with the resulting chance of an explosion.

New plan

There was no hoarding or fencing around the site as the building was being brought down. It was an unsightly mess after with some of the pubs wall left in place alongside tatty fabric acting as hoardings.

Courtesy Google. Site of pub after demolition.

The new plan is a care home with 70 rooms. One to keep an eye on for any post approval (if approval given) changes. Will that plan alter?

Click here to view planning documents.

New plan

The other site is the former Belvedere Hotel at 2 Picardy Road. Plans here would see conversion and a new extension for six flats and three houses.

Courtesy Google

Local councillors had requested that the ground floor be retained for community use with homes above and behind the site – but that has been rejected by the developer. A shame as there’s potential here in the long term for a viable business with many new homes planned just to north providing potential custom.

Click here to view plans.

2 Comments

  1. John

    ‘A shame as there’s potential here in the long term for a viable business with many new homes planned just to north providing potential custom’

    Can you point me in the direction of the new home plans, or is this just from the growth strategy outline?

    • Harry

      Such a pity, especially for the Belvedere Hotel one that still has the grand Victorian building and big nice garden space. Hope this planning permission is rejected. In the documentation they reference existing nearby pubs but the reality is the Belvedere Hotel is the only one in Lower Belvedere, all the others are in the Upper Belvedere Village and, as the name suggests and all locals know, there’s a very step climb upwards making it difficult especially for older people.

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