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Mottingham residents are campaining to save a much-loved pub set for demolition after it was purchased by German supermarket Lidl.

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The Porcupine, in Mottingham Road, was sold by Enterprise Inns recently, though residents were surprised to see the pub close and claim to have received no notice.

Emily Bailey, 26, of Elmstead Lane, is spearheading a campaign, despite the new owners submitting the required paperwork to Bromley Council for demolition.

She said: “It was all done very quickly and there was no sign put up that the pub was for sale. There’s another Lidl less than two miles away serviced by buses from Mottingham.

“It was a huge part of our community and the oldest part too. The general feeling in one of disappointment because there wasn’t any consideration for local people.”

The council states it has received no planning application for redevelopment of the site yet, and Lidl say they will hold a meeting with the public before any plans are put forward.

A spokesman for the supermarket said: “Ultimately we look forward to delivering a scheme to Mottingham that meets with the approval of all, following an application to the London Borough of Bromley, our application for planning permission will be submitted after our planned public consultation.”

For regular updates on the campaign to save The Porcupine, follow @PorkyMottingham on Twitter.

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