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Kipling Street’s Britannia pub could be demolished and rebuilt

Plans to knock down The Britannia pub in Kipling Street and replace it with a block of flats incorporating a replacement pub have been submitted to Southwark Council.

The Britannia
Photo by Ewan Munro used under a Creative Commons licence
The Britannia in Kipling Street
The proposed new pub building

Kipling Street LLP has applied for planning permission to replace the two-storey Victorian pub with a four-storey block of six flats designed by MGL Architects.

The pub would be retained at ground level and would have a slightly bigger floor space than in the current building.

In documents submitted as part of the planning application, planning consultants Rolfe Judd note that the existing building is not listed and not in a conservation area so could be demolished without the need for consent from the council.

However, in pre-application advice Southwark planning officers have advised that they consider that the pub is a non-designated heritage asset and so any new development has to meet a higher bar in planning policy.

Kipling Street LLP bought the building for 400,000 in 2009. The pub has a 15-year lease from 2010.

• See planning application 17/AP/1007

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