Mottingham pub handed Asset of Community Value status amid demolition row with Lidl
PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 August 2013
A Mottingham pub at the centre of a feud between supermarket Lidl and local residents has been handed a lifeline as campaigners fight to avoid demolition.
The Porcupine, in Mottingham Road, has been handed Asset of Community Value status, which could make the building harder to flatten for the German chain.
More than 500-year-old, the pub has been the subject of numerous rallies and has attracted support from Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill, as well as pubs minister Brandon Lewis.
Mr Neill said: “As we approach a critical juncture for the campaign to save the Porcupine, the momentum is firmly on our side.
“The building itself still stands and, as we have recently been informed, Bromley Council have accepted a bid by Mottingham Residents’ Association to have the Porcupine listed as an Asset of Community Value.
“This is a huge boost for pub-lovers in Mottingham, because the Porcupine’s status as a listed asset will make it considerably harder for Lidl to get planning permission for the building’s demolition and replacement.
“Residents are sending a very clear message that they want Lidl to abandon these plans and sell this site to someone who recognises the true value of having a pub at the hart of this village.”