Plans to redevelop a Deptford pub have been rejected by the the Planning Inspectorate.

Developers, Regional Enterprise, wanted to turn the Lord Palmerston pub on the corner of Childers Street and Arklow Road into 12 one-bedroom flats. They planned to keep the pub on the bottom floor.

The plans were turned down by Lewisham Council in 2016. Regional Enterprise appealed to the Planning Inspectorate but the plans were again rejected again last Wednesday.

According to the Inspectorate the pub 'provides a valuable reminder of the history of the area and makes a positive contribution to local distinctiveness.'

The Inspectorate said one reason the appeal was dismissed was because it would reduce the pub's commercial viability.

Parks group DeptfordFolk campaigned to stop the redevelopment.

A spokesperson for DeptfordFolk said: "DeptfordFolk are delighted The Planning Inspectorate chose to reject this planning appeal.

"Lewisham Council Planning made the right call on this development.

"DeptfordFolk are also pleased that, during the course of this campaign, The Lord Palmerston Pub has been designated a "non listed heritage asset" by Lewisham Council.

"This area is changing and, with 10,000 new homes planned, the growing population needs a range of services and facilities including pubs. This outcome means the opportunity for a profitable business at The Lord Palmerston is protected.

"LBL Council officers wrote a detailed report which made the case against this development and local residents submitted responses to the Inspectorate.

"DeptfordFolk would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign to protect and preserve our cultural heritage and the future of our vibrant streetscape."

News Shopper was unable to contact Regional Enterprise for a comment.