A long-standing pub and music venue in Deptford has been granted special community status, offering protection from future threats.

The Birds Nest has been recognised as an asset of community value, following fears that future development in the area could lead to its closure.  

The status can be invoked to prevent the premises’ use being changed in future planning applications and gives the community the right to bid for ownership.

Helena Russell, co-chair of the Deptford Society, which submitted the application, said: "We’re delighted that the Council has acknowledged the importance of the Birds Nest as a live music venue and a community hub for Deptford by accepting our nomination for it to be given ACV status.

"Before the lockdown, the pub was a key part of the live music scene in south east London and we hope that once normal service resumes we will see the same eclectic programme of gigs returning to this longstanding venue."

Plans to build 56 flats and a workspace across two towers on Creekside were approved by Lewisham Council last year, despite concerns that potential noise complaints could put the pub's future in jeopardy. 

A 2,132-signature petition and 27 written objections were submitted to the planning application.

The Council said future residents will be told they will be living next to a late-night, live music venue and that flats will be insulated from noise.