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Porcupine pub demolition setback for Lidl as Bromley Council express planning concerns

PUBLISHED: 09:58 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:31 24 May 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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The demolition of the Porcupine pub, in Mottingham, has suffered a setback after Bromley Council expressed concerns over the fact supermarket Lidl has yet to submit for planning permission on the site.

The council announced last week they have until June 24 to examine whether the suggested method of demolition and restoration of the site is acceptable.

In a prior approval report, the council state that: “It is a concern that the initial method of restoration relied upon the construction of a food store for which no planning permission has yet been sought.

“In light of the information provided there is a possibility that the site could be vacant for some time.”

The decision follows months of hard campaigning and recent rallies supported by Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill, pubs minister Brandon Lewis and London Assembly member, Jenny Jones.

All the hard work culminated in a parliamentary debate secured by Mr Neill, who has praised Bromley’s council for not rubberstamping the demolition.

He said: “This is by no means the end of our campaign and we must continue to explore every means of rescuing the Porcupine and winning back the heart of Mottingham village.”

Liz Keable, chair of Mottingham Residents’ Association, added: “The decision is the right one for Mottingham and is testament to the hard work of local residents, our councillors and our MP Bob Neill.

“The campaign to save the Porcupine goes on and the momentum is clearly beginning to swing in our direction.”


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