The Dog and Bell: Pub Expansion in Deptford

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Planning permission secured to expand community loved pub in Deptford

Client The Dog and Bell
Architect London Borough of Lewisham
Author Geoff Megarity
Principal Planner

Project Overview

Bell Cornwell LLP have secured planning permission for the expansion of a much loved pub, The Dog and Bell, in Deptford which was identified as a community asset by the London Borough of Lewisham. The pub was established in 1741 and, in response to its continued success, the owners sought to amalgamate the pub with a neighbouring new build flat at ground floor level to increase the floorspace for the pub.

The loss of a residential use would ordinarily be contrary to planning policy. Therefore, as part of the application, it was necessary to highlight to the Council that the amalgamation between the pub and the flat would support the long-term vitality and viability of the public house, outweighing the harm from the loss of residential floorspace.  We achieved this by reviewing how the flat had come into being and how the amalgamation would operate in design terms. We also garnered support from the appropriate community bodies.

At a time when the hospitality trade is struggling, this proposal bucked the trend for the industry and offered so much to be positive about. The application was supported by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) South-East London Branch, who consider the Dog and Bell to be a highly regarded public house with both CAMRA members and the local community.

The application was approved by delegated powers and will help the Dog and Bell continue to deliver a fantastic atmosphere and community hub for the future.


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