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Politicians praise Porcupine pub becoming an Asset of Community Value
POLITICIANS have praised the Porcupine pub in Mottingham being awarded Asset of Community Value status.
The site had been earmarked for demolition with plans for supermarket Lidl to build a branch there but MPs and campaigners have protested against the closure.
Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis announced earlier this month The Porcupine is now an Asset of Community which makes it more difficult for Lidl to demolish or change the use of the site.
The historic pub has been around for more than 500 years.
Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill said: “This is a huge boost for pub-lovers in Mottingham, because the Porcupine’s status as a listed asset will make it considerably harder for Lidl to get planning permission for the building’s demolition and replacement.
“Residents are sending a very clear message that they want Lidl to abandon these plans and sell this site to someone who recognises the true value of having a pub at the heart of this village.”
Chairman of Coldharbour, Mottingham and New Eltham Conservatives Councillor John Hills said: “We would like to thank the great many residents who contacted us following our last letter to say that they were sending in their objections to Bromley Council.
"Your efforts helped achieve more time for the plans to be considered."
A petition to grant the pub Asset of Community Value Status gained more than 1,000 signatures.
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