Council planners recommend plan for six houses on Pickwick beer garden

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

Greenwich Council planning officers have recommended councillors approve plans to build houses behind the closed Pickwick pub on Woolwich Road – five months after refusing an application to knock down the pub.

Pure Let Greenwich Ltd, an East-Ham based developer, wants to knock down the pub’s function room and build six terraced homes – five 4-bed houses and one 3-bed house – in its place and into the beer garden. Eight car parking spaces would be provided.

The company had tried to knock down the pub itself, but was refused in December after 23 objections. Just four objections were received for the proposal to build behind the pub, known as the Roupell Arms until the 1970s.

A model of the plans, with the original scheme in the corner

A report by planning officers says: “The previous outline application was refused in part due to the demolition of the original public house and its redevelopment with a part 3, part 4 storey mixed use building. The current application would see the existing main public house retained and as such has overcome these previous reasons for refusal.

“On balance, there are no objections to the demolition of the ground floor rear extension. The extension does not form part of the main functions of the pub and is a later addition to the traditional built form. It has little architectural merit and is in a poor state of disrepair. Therefore the loss of the ground floor extension is not considered to have a detrimental impact upon the pub’s viability or role in the local community.”

Councillors on the Greenwich area planning committee will decide on the application next Tuesday.


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Charlton’s closed Antigallican pub on the market for £3.25m

The Antigallican
Up for sale: The Antigallican has been closed for over a year

The Antigallican pub on Woolwich Road is up for sale, nearly two years after councillors backed plans to build eight flats alongside it.

The auction house Allsop has set a guide price of £3,250,000 for the Victorian building.

Once a freehouse in the 1980s and 1990s which brewed its own beer, the pub – which had hotel accommodation above it – had fallen on hard times and had been designated as an away fans’ pub for Charlton Athletic matches. It closed its doors for the last time over a year ago.

In 2017 councillors approved plans to build a two-storey extension with eight flats, a gym and a retail unit, replacing the hotel rooms – with councillors told at the time that it was struggling to compete with low-cost hotels opening up in Woolwich. But last August, a new application was submitted for a three-storey extension to create a 60-room hotel.

It will go under the hammer at a auction of residential properties on Thursday 30 May at the InterContinental Hotel in Mayfair.


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Developer plans new homes on land behind Victoria Way gardens

The plot has been unused since Greenwich Council sold it in 2004

Five new homes could be built on land behind houses in Victoria Way if a developer gets permission from Greenwich Council, which sold the property at auction 15 years ago.

One 4-bedroom home, two 3-bedroom semi-detached homes and two 2-bedroom flats would be built on the land adjacent to Wellington Gardens, between Victoria Way and Wellington Mews.

Henry Browne, a Guernsey-based developer, bought the land behind sheltered accommodation on Victoria Way in 2004 when Greenwich Council sold it. Planning documents filed by the developer say it was described as “suitable for development”. No price is recorded with the Land Registry for the sale, but its records state the land was worth £750,000 in 2015.

The developer’s drawing of the planned homes

The developer says the land is covered in “thick bramble undergrowth”. “There are a number of self-sown sycamore trees, dying from sooty bark disease. There are many dead trees and fallen branches which could make the site unsafe if it could be penetrated,” planning documents state.

The new homes would be screened from Wellington Gardens by new trees, the developer says, with two trees on the site – protected by preservation orders going back to 1972 – kept. They would be next to a car repair yard and garage on Wellington Mews, an unmade road. Other schemes to build homes on Wellington Mews have been rejected over the years, the most recent being a scheme that was withdrawn in 2006.

A plan of the site with the car yard top left, Wellington Mews on the left and Wellington Gardens beneath, with the back garden of 111/113 Victoria Way on the right

The documents state that Greenwich Council planning officers stated the land was unsuitable for development in 2017 – despite the same council having sold it 13 years earlier. The developer responds “no reason is given… the site is surrounded by other residential developments”. It says “the five family homes would respect the scale and character of the area and the site”.

Documents, including the key design and access statement, can be seen by searching for reference 19/0755/F on Greenwich Council’s planning search, where you can leave responses to the application before 30 May.


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The Alexandra Players get in the picture with their latest production

Alexandra Players flyer
Enjoy a night at the theatre without having to leave the SE7 postcode. The Alexandra Players, Charlton’s amateur theatre group, have been in touch…

Adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin, which is part of The Berlin Stories, I AM A CAMERA looks at Chris – a struggling young writer whose latest novel, concerns the events that occur around him in 1930’s Berlin. Sally Bowles, a singer/actress, who works in a Berlin nightclub, befriends Chris and, despite her transient, bohemian existence, her platonic relationship with him remains steady. Confronting frank subjects such as pregnancy and unwanted racism, it is a tellingly real piece of history and life. The play itself went on to inspire the musical show and film Cabaret which famously starred Liza Minelli.

With our recent last few productions selling out to capacity audiences, we guarantee you won’t want to miss this.

The show – at the Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue – runs from Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 1 June, at 8pm. Tickets are £9 (£8 concs) and are available through the Players’ online box office or by calling 07867 627987.


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Hyde Housing to unveil fourth Charlton Riverside housing scheme

Maybank Wharf
Hyde bought Maybank Wharf last year

Housing association Hyde Group is to hold an exhibition next month on plans to build new homes on Charlton Riverside – the fourth scheme for the area to come forward in recent years.

Last month, The Charlton Champion reported how the recycling firm Westminster Waste was preparing to leave Maybank Wharf for Belvedere after 50 years of waste paper processing on the site.

Now Hyde is coming forward with plans to redevelop the land plus three other nearby plots stretching away from the Thames.

“We are proposing to redevelop this important site to deliver much-needed new homes of varying size, mix and tenure, including a minimum of 40% affordable housing,” Hyde says in a flyer distributed to residents. It does not elaborate on what “affordable” means.

“Our proposals also include the creation of new green space to improve access to the riverside, alongside commercial and retail space.”

The exhibition is at the Charlton side of Windrush Primary School on Thursday 9 May from 4.30pm to 8.00pm, and Saturday 11 May from 10am to 2pm. (Hopefully by then Hyde and its representatives K&A Consulting will have realised the school is not in “East Greenwich”, as claimed on the flyer.)

Residents who cannot make the exhibition but would like to know more are asked to email charltonriverside[at]kandaconsulting.co.uk or call 020 3900 3676.

The three other development schemes for the Charlton Riverside going through, or about to go through planning:

  • the Rockwell scheme for 771 homes at Anchor & Hope Lane was refused first by Greenwich Council last summer, then by the Mayor of London in January;
  • 500 homes are planned by developer Komoto at what it calls Flint Glass Wharf, the former Johnsen and Jorgensen glassworks which closed in 1981;
  • Another 500 new homes from developer U+I on the old Siemens cable factory site, a development it calls Faraday Works.

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    The Big Dig returns to Maryon Park Community Garden on Saturday

    Maryon Wilson Park community garden
    It’s the regular Big Dig day at Maryon Wilson Park community garden on Saturday

    The folk at Maryon Park Community Garden would like a word…

    Big Dig day celebrates the start of the growing season and encourages people to visit their local Capital Growth supported Community Garden.

    Maryon Park Community Garden, one of Capital Growth’s flagship gardens is taking part and have a drop-in open day on Saturday 27th April 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Visitors are invited to see how Maryon Park Community Garden is developing.

    The Community Garden provides organic growing plots for local people, a Forest School space for primary schools, a garden meeting room and volunteer opportunities.

    On Saturday 27st April visitors can learn more about the Community Garden, enjoy tours and talks about the Garden and the historic Maryon Park, the location of the 1960’s film ‘Blow-Up’.

    There will be a plant and woodcraft sale, refreshments and the lunchtime pizza oven.

    At 2.00 pm Simon and Verity from COATS will run a free family Outdoor Art Workshop in the Forest School.

    “The Big Dig Day is about encouraging people and families to visit their local community garden. Whether you are an experienced gardener or new to gardening or just want to see how your local project is developing you will be welcome,” says community garden chair Tim Anderson.

    Maryon Park Community Garden is a not-for-profit voluntary project situated in the former council plant nursery in Maryon Park.

    To find out more about the Maryon Park Community Garden, visit its website.


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    The mysterious lizards of Charlton

    Lizard stencil
    Lizard stencil outside Charlton House

    In an area where little’s been done for many years to smarten up the streets, these lizard stencils popped up a week or so ago. There was one behind Charlton House, and one on a wall in Victoria Way.

    Victoria Way lizard
    A lizard in Victoria Way

    In fact, there were three in Victoria Way…

    Victoria Way lizard
    A lizard rests in the sun in Victoria Way
    Victoria Way lizard
    A lizard about to get run over

    And one about to go for a drink at the Charlton Liberal Club (if it hadn’t closed last year).

    Charlton Church Lane lizard
    Lizard on Charlton Church Lane

    There wasn’t one at Charlton Reptiles, though…

    Charlton Reptiles
    No lizard stencils here

    They were washed away by rain last Monday, all except one – at the bus stop at the top of Victoria Way. There were some mutterings that they may have been gang symbols – but the locations would seem to count against that.

    Hopefully, they were put there by someone who wanted to brighten up the area. Or even just for a laugh. In an area where the public realm is tatty and civic pride is lacking, they caught the eye. Will the lizards return? We wait and see.

    Lizard stencil
    Charlton Road lizard

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