Montague Arms demolition: New Cross councillors oppose demolition
Three councillors in Telegraph Hill ward have stated their opposition to demolishing a New Cross pub and local music institution.
The Montague Arms has seen plans submitted (covered here) to build new flats and a far smaller commercial unit on site.
The plan has so far seen 39 objections and I’ve heard about a petition. It is important to note that a petition – no matter how many people sign – counts as just one objection. If you wish to have your say click on this link to take you to the relevant Lewisham Council planning page.
The pub was a popular spot for live music and club nights until renovation removed much of the character. That renovation is being used as an excuse to demolish. In 2019 owners were asking for £60,000 rent per annum on the pub.
While local councillors oppose one issue is that according to the application: “The former pub has not been designated an Asset of Community Value by Lewisham Council, although the Council has recognized that the building is likely to be of value to local people due to its use as a public house.”