Plans to reopen an empty pub in Crayford have been passed by Bexley Council.

Proposals to refurbish the bar area of the Royal Charlotte and build three flats about the pub were passed at a meeting last night, Thursday, August 31.

Councillors unanimously backed the proposals which will see the pub, near Crayford station, reopen under mixed usage, and councillors welcomed the return of the pub.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Andy Dourmoush said: “There’s nothing on this application that causes me any concern. I think the retention of the public house is a positive thing. Personally I welcome it.”

The bar will expand into the food market, with councillor David Leaf pointing out this would mean people visit the Charlotte not to necessarily drink.

The pub has been listed as an asset of community value.

The pub will have one studio flat along with one and two bedroom apartments built above the refurbished bar area downstairs.

Residents had raised concerns over the plans to reopen the pub with one objection submitted saying that a resident moved into the area thinking the pub was closed for good.

It said: "Disturbance will be caused to the nursery room which is at the front of a nearby property."

It has been recommended the premises runs from 10am to 10.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 11pm on Saturdays and 11am to 10pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.