Plans to demolish the Pickwick pub for ‘poor quality’ housing thrown out

Pickwicks pub on Woolwich Road
The Pickwick pub on Woolwich Road. Photo by Neil Clasper

Planning officers at Greenwich Council have refused permission for the Pickwick pub on Woolwich Road to be demolished.

An East Ham-based developer, Pure Let Greenwich Ltd, had applied to knock down the building and build 14 serviced apartments, six terraced homes and a replacement pub on the site.

But officers said the plan would “result in the loss of an existing pub that has a community role in the borough” and that Pure Let Greenwich had not submitted adequate evidence that it was no longer economically viable.

They called its planned replacement “a poor quality building” and added: “The existing building is considered to be a landmark building on Woolwich Road which makes a positive contribution to the surrounding area in general.

“Its demolition is therefore considered to be inappropriate and would lead to less than substantial harm, namely to the character and appearance of Woolwich Road. The proposed building by reason of its height, scale and appearance is unduly dominant and inappropriate within the street and fails therefore to act as a suitably high quality replacement for the existing public house. The poor quality replacement building coupled with the limited public benefits do not outweigh the harm.”

Plans to build six terraced homes on the site of the beer garden were “an inappropriate form of backland development that would be out of keeping and detrimental to the character of the surrounding area”, intruding on neighbours in Woolwich Road and Dupree Road, the officers added.

Only one letter of support was sent for the plan, with 23 objections submitted to the council after a campaign led by a neighbour. (Read the planners’ full verdict here.)

The pub, known as the Roupell Arms until the 1970s, has been closed for the past two years.

(Thanks to Becky Holmes for letting us know.)


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