The developer that wants to build housing on land behind one of Greenwich’s best-loved pubs has appealed to planning inspectors for a second time after its latest proposal was rejected by Greenwich Council.
Hamna Wakaf Ltd wanted permission to build a three-storey property on land between the beer garden of The Vanbrugh pub and Vanbrugh Hill.
Developers have made several attempts to build on the land since the 1970s, and in August 2018, a planning inspector rejected an appeal against Greenwich Council’s refusal of a similar scheme for the site.
The scheme would be an “incongruous development, which fails to respect the established character and appearance of the area”, officers wrote, noting the presence of the beer garden would “result in a poor living environment”. However, they did add that it could still be possible for a developer to build on the land as the previous time Greenwich Council refused a scheme for the site, it was “not refused on the grounds that the reduction in size of the beer garden would harm the viability of the public house to operate successfully”.
Anyone who wants to submit a comment to the appeal should visit the Planning Inspectorate website and enter case number 3248252. The closing date is 15 July.
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