Help save O'Dowd's pub for the community

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Help me ensure that a part of Plumstead's history is saved for future use. 

The Positive Plumstead Project (PPP) is bringing ideas, people and local businesses together to help drive forward improvements to the area.

The PPP will be applying for an 'Asset of Community Value' designation to be placed on O'Dowd's pub in Plumstead High Street. 

I need your memories to help evidence our submission and for you to help me in objecting to the current planning permission for development at the building, which has no reference to retaining the pub and function hall. 

Read on to find out how you can help me save the pub and function hall for everyone to use.

What does the future hold?

There has been a public house on the site of O'Dowds (formerly the Two Worlds and the Green Man) at 67 Plumstead High Street for at least 180 years. Sadly though, the pub has been closed for the last two years. 

We need to act now to protect the building and help put Plumstead High Street on the map. 

O’Dowd’s could be reborn to help revitalise the area and be at the centre of the community once more. More than just a pub, with the large function hall, there is potential to create a community hub – providing jobs, resource centre, space to meet and relax, function space, and potentially an on-site microbrewery.

The owners of the building are seeking planning permission to build eight flats to the rear and over the function hall. The bar and function hall do not form part of this application, meaning their future is far from certain at the moment.

How can I help?

As a community we can apply for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) to be placed on the O’Dowd’s building. ACV status means that if the owner of the property wants to sell it, this cannot be done secretly as the local community has to be given the right to make a bid for the property and has a period of up to six months to do so.

A pub’s ACV status will usually be “a legitimate material consideration” when planning officers are considering whether to allow change of use to residential or other use.

A previous ACV application was overturned by the current owners so we need to provide lots of evidence of the important place that the pub holds in the area.

Act now!

So, we need you, former users, to provide your thoughts and fond memories about the former pub and function hall behind.

Your memories provide the context and evidence we need to demonstrate that the pub was loved by those who used it and is missed by the community. 

If you are new to Plumstead, and didn't have the chance to visit, tell us why you think a community pub and hub would be good for the High Street, and all Plumsteadians.

Please sign the petition, and make sure to leave a memory or thought that we can use to evidence our submission that O’Dowds is valued by the community. We also need your help in opposing the current planning permission being sought - details below.

Planning Permission

Please object to the planning application to help save the pub and hall for future use.

Object to the proposals on the following grounds;

1.     Goes against Royal Greenwich Core Strategy policy EA(b) for the retention of a pub that has a community role. It is Council policy to protect local public houses. This application makes no reference to use or retention of the bar and function room. To support the Core Strategy, there must be condition of permission to retain the pub and hall for their existing use at a market rate. Pursuant to NPPF, section 70.

2.     No provision in the application for ground floor activities (pub and function hall). The application provides clear information with regards the eight flats to be built above, but no information on retention of the bar and hall for their intended use or the relationship between residents and facility.

3.     No soundproofing or protective noise measures for residents. This may limit the viable operation / retention of a pub and hall on the ground floor (on the basis objections likely).

The planning application can be found by clicking here

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