UPDATE: SHEPHERD NEAME HAVE WITHDRAWN THE APPLICATION
Plans to alter the frontage of a Blackheath pub have been submitted.
The Crown at the junction of Tranquil Vale and Southvale Road will see tiles applied to its frontage.
Normally this sort of alteration is based on historical precedence but that doesn’t seem the case here. Shepherd Neame are embarking on change at one it’s more prestigious locations.
According to the application the building is not listed, either nationally or even locally:
“The Crown is neither listed nor locally listed however it is identified as a positive contributor within the Blackheath Conservation Area and is set within ‘The Village’ Character Area”.
The Crown is well known and in a prominent position which makes some statements a bit odd:
“Given the relatively minor status of The Crown, it is considered that there is scope for change to the building’s frontage on the basis of any changes being traditional and continuing to provide a positive contribution to the building and area.”
Not that I have one opinion really one way or the other, but it’s not an unknown building given its history and location.
Plans can be viewed here.