More news on Kent House Tavern

We have been in touch with the owners, Brakspears, who tell us that:

We have recently regained possession of the pub through legal means. There has been significant activity at the pub recently, as our property manager has been securing the building and arranging collection of the rubbish that was left by the previous tenant. We have also employed a caretaker who will reside at the premises. His role is purely to secure the building and ensure that we do not have squatters entering the pub. We do not have any intention of reopening the pub at this stage.

I appreciate your concerns, but I can assure you that we are taking steps to make sure the building is secure and cleared from rubbish.

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10 Responses to More news on Kent House Tavern

  1. Paul says:

    Hi – Is there any update on this pub? It’s in my road and the last thing we’d want is flats suddenly appearing in a quiet cul-de-sac with limited parking?

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    • No more news, waiting for Brakspeare’s. No planning application. need community group to add KHT tot he Community assets register.

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      • Paul says:

        Thanks for the quick response. I’m not familiar with any community group. Is this something that a group has said it will do? Also is there any pressure that can be put on Enterprise Inns to sell the Alexandra? They’ve shut the pub and presumably like most of these big brewery chains these days see more value in the land than the pub or community asset. I think most of us locals would be happy for Late Knights, the local brewers with a good record, to take it over.

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  2. We are working closely with the Alexandra Cottages Residents Association to secure a future for the Alexandra.

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  3. As a regular in the Alexanda I would like to see it re-open. The rumour is that someone has bought it and wishes to make it into 20 flats. Another rumour is that Bromley Council has listed the building as part of the Alexandra Cottages conservation area.

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    • We do hope that the new owner of the Alexandra will keep it it as a pub though it is likely to be mixed use. We’ll have to wait until a planning application comes in or until the new owner contacts us. The council has indicated that we would be unlikely to be successful if we applied for the CA to be extended to include the pub.

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      • Paul says:

        So does that mean that they don’t have to turn keep it as a pub and that the reference to community asset just means we have a period to block whatever it is they try to turn it into if we don’t like it?

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      • As I understand it: If it is sold again, the community has a period in which to convince the owners to accept an offer that conforms with the views of the community on community use – if one is available. The current owners need planning permission for any change of use from pub/cafe restaurant. Unfortunately recent changes in planning law mean that it can become a retail shop without planning permission. The owners will need to inform the council if they want to knock it down and the council could put a blocking order on that. The fact that is on on the CV register is something the Planning Committee could take into account if there is an application for a change of use but it is not over-riding.

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      • These recent changes in planning law meaning that it can become a retail shop without planning permission would therefore explain why so many pubs are becoming Tesco express or off licences (2 pubs in Woolwich succumbed to that). I’d hope that Mr Milliband would reverse this law and in turn transfer the tax levied in beer sold in pubs over to supermarkets and off licences, so that pubs can prosper and drinking becomes a more social activity rather than people sitting on their own indoors knocking back cheaper booze bought from the “offy”. I certainly feel that the governement has a “pub closure programme” which is leaving people ever more isolated and lonely as one cannot meet people in the same way in a cafe or a restaurant. The public house is a national institution and performs a social function that cannot be replicated by a supermarket or an off licence. Scrapping tax on beer sold in pubs and increasing it on alcohol purchased in other establishments would send a message that the government wishes to keep pubs in business.

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