Plumstead pub demolition proposed

An application has been submitted to demolish The Who’d a’ Thought It pub in Plumstead and construct seven houses.

In June 2021 there was a plan to retain the pub building with homes built either side. That was refused by Greenwich Council.

2021 plan

The latest application states: “The pub is leased by UK pub operator Punch Taverns, who sub-let to a landlord on a tied lease basis. The pub is in a poor state of repair, but it is not considered economically viable to provide funds for refurbishment.”

“As the Property does not have an adequate trade kitchen and only a small trade area of 1,821 sq ft, it would not attract ‘destination’ customers.”

Proposed homes in 2023 see pub demolished

The Who’d a’ Thought It is located in the Slade close to shops and Plumstead Common. It’s a locally listed structure which affords less protection than national listing.

It dates from 1845 and is structurally fine with the Design and Access Statement stating “generally the building is tired and poorly maintained however it is in sound condition”.


A photo from 1910 shows prominent Truman’s signage.

The prospect of demolition contrasts with another Plumstead pub which last week saw plans to renovate.

Plans can be viewed here.

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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

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