Derelict Bexleyheath pub The Woodman to be knocked down to make way for flats and bungalows

The Woodman pub is soon to be knocked down (picture by Chris Whippet).

The Woodman pub is soon to be knocked down (picture by Chris Whippet).

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A derelict former pub in Bexleyheath is to be knocked down to make way for flats and bungalows.

The Woodman in Watling Street closed down in April last year after suffering from poor levels of trade.

Developers WH Brakspear and Sons applied to build a part two-storey, part three-storey block of five one bedroom flats and a pair of two bedroom bungalows.

The plans include a communal garden area and seven parking spaces – one for each unit.

Five letters of objection were received by Bexley Council, including one from the Bexley Civic Society.

Concerns included the proposed flats would be too tall for surrounding properties and a "valued community facility" would be lost, along with an existing building which is part of the "historic street scene".

But Bexley Council’s planning committee voted the development through unanimously at a meeting yesterday. 

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6:33pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Carparkattendant says...

Also a centre for druggies
Also a centre for druggies Carparkattendant
  • Score: -2

1:30pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Carparkattendant wrote:
Also a centre for druggies
Alcohol is a drug too, its legal and taxed that's the only difference.
[quote][p][bold]Carparkattendant[/bold] wrote: Also a centre for druggies[/p][/quote]Alcohol is a drug too, its legal and taxed that's the only difference. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -12

9:43am Mon 31 Mar 14

PaulErith says...

This was one of the roughest pubs I've ever encountered! I'm not someone that gets intimidated easily and I'll normally get on with the locals in any boozer I walk in. However, have to admit to feeling a little uncomfortable in here. I think it was something to do with being about to pot the black on the pool table against one of the locals when the rather large fella got in my face and told me that he'll kill me if I pot it! Saying that, it was an empty threat because I proceeded to pot it. I did however make a fairly swift exit as he seemed to be plotting something with his equally brutish mates!
This was one of the roughest pubs I've ever encountered! I'm not someone that gets intimidated easily and I'll normally get on with the locals in any boozer I walk in. However, have to admit to feeling a little uncomfortable in here. I think it was something to do with being about to pot the black on the pool table against one of the locals when the rather large fella got in my face and told me that he'll kill me if I pot it! Saying that, it was an empty threat because I proceeded to pot it. I did however make a fairly swift exit as he seemed to be plotting something with his equally brutish mates! PaulErith
  • Score: 7

7:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

chunkybuster says...

guess what? more flats,we need more of those in Bexley! The council won't be happy until they have built on everything. Danson Park watch out!
guess what? more flats,we need more of those in Bexley! The council won't be happy until they have built on everything. Danson Park watch out! chunkybuster
  • Score: 0

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