New plan to replace closed Charlton Liberal Club with six flats

Charlton Liberal Club proposal
The new design is planned to fit in with its neighbours

Developers have come forward with a new proposal to replace the closed Charlton Liberal Club building with six flats – their third attempt in two years.

The main Liberal Club building on Charlton Church Lane was converted into flats in 2016, with the club moving to a new building next door, but that closed two years later with its trustees putting it up for sale.

In 2020, a Enfield-based company, Liberal Ltd, applied to build a three-storey building with eight flats – but the proposal was refused by planning officers who criticised the design and said that that the loss of the club would deny the area a community facility and a source of employment.

Charlton Liberal Club
The club closed in October 2018 and has been boarded up since 2020

Last May, another application was submitted, keeping the club in the basement and offering six flats. This plan – which flew somewhat under the radar – was also rejected.

Now the company is back with a “radically different” proposal, once again getting rid of the club but replacing it with a building designed to more closely match its neighbours.

“The proposed replacement building would, instead, be hip-roofed, reflecting that of No 59, an early Victorian villa,” the company says in planning documents. It would contain five two-bedroom flats and one three-bedroom flat.

The application also includes a letter from the estate agent Acorn, which sold the building to developers after receiving 88 enquiries, most of them from buyers looking to turn it into homes.

Charlton Liberal Club
The first plan for the club was rejected two years ago

It said: “It is clear that there is no demand for a Liberal Club in the vicinity, as the sole reason we were instructed to sell the property was because the club were in large amounts of debt being unable to make it financially viable any longer. They stated that this was due to a large change in the local trend and demographic over the past few years, and therefore a lot of their members had moved out of the area or for one reason or another were no longer able to take part in club activities.”

The club saw out its final days as a watering hole for Charlton Athletic fans on their way to matches. The club’s museum was later given a batch of items from its archives.

In December, a plan to convert the nearby Conservative Club into seven flats was submitted to the council.

Full details of the application, and more images, can be found in the design and access statement.

To see more documents and to comment on the application, visit the Greenwich Council planning website.


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