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Porcupine demolition shelved after Lidl bosses meet with Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill

PUBLISHED: 16:33 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:33 25 June 2013

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill with pubs minister Brandon Lewis (right) and local councillors at rally to save The Porcupine.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill with pubs minister Brandon Lewis (right) and local councillors at rally to save The Porcupine.

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Plans to demolish The Porcupine pub, in Mottingham, have been shelved after a meeting between Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill and supermarket Lidl last week.

The German chain, who purchased and closed the pub in March, have abandoned their plans to immediately demolish the building and will instead submit a full planning application to Bromley Council.

This will include plans of future demolition and redevelopment of the site, in Mottingham Road.

However, the delay in tearing down the community hub means campaigners now have an opportunity to submit their opinions and concerns to the council’s planning department.

Former pubs minister, Mr Neill, said: “I had a very frank and honest conversation with Lidl’s national director and I am grateful that he has agreed to remove the threat of an immediate demolition job.

“The Porcupine pub is an incredibly precious community asset in the very heart of Mottingham Village and it is important that residents are given an opportunity to comment on Lidl’s planned redevelopment while the pub still stands.”

Chair of Mottingham Residents’ Association, Liz Keable, added: “This is great news for the many hundreds of residents who have been campaigning so hard to save the Porcupine.

“I am grateful that our local MP has made Lidl see that it is in everyone’s interest to subject its demolition and redevelopment plan to a full and democratic application process.”

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