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Former William IV pub in Harper Road faces demolition

Plans to redevelop the former William IV pub at the corner of Harper Road and Rockingham Street have been submitted to Southwark Council.

The William IV pub
Former William IV pub in Harper Road faces demolition
The proposed development

The developer – Corestructure – proposes to demolish the pub and build a six-storey block of 10 flats with a commercial unit on the ground floor which could accommodate a shop or bar.

According to architects Buchanan Hartley, "the concept is of a significant corner building with a suitable presence for a highly visible townscape setting overcoming the shortcomings of the existing corner building, that is arguably undersized for the context".

The former William IV pub has more recently housed a succession of short-lived ventures including the Pho Can Tho Vietnamese restaurant, The Buddha Lounge shisha lounge and, most recently, a venue called Dirty Panda.

In the summer of 2016 it also provided the setting for a pop-up 'naked' restaurant called Bunyadi where diners were encouraged to disrobe.

Corestructure cites the decision to redevelop the Royal Standard pub – a short distance from the William IV – as a precedent for the latest scheme.

The loss of the William IV leaves The Rising Sun as the last remaining pub on Harper Road.

• For more details see planning application 18/AP/3820

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