The Porcupine pub

Published Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Porcupine site 24 Mottingham Rd, SE9 4QW.

The planning appeal for the Porcupine Pub was dismissed on 16 December 2014.

View the appeal decision letter.


Lidl have submitted an appeal against the council’s refusal of planning permission. All comments received for the planning application will be passed on to the Planning Inspector for consideration at the appeal. Any further representations must be made directly to the Planning Inspectorate using the appeal reference 2217362 in the search. The appeal will be heard at a Public Inquiry starting on 30 September. The inquiry is expected to last for up to four days.

The planning application for the redevelopment of the Porcupine was refused at Plans Sub Committee on 20 February 2014.  The applicant does have a right to appeal the decision within 6 months. Residents who commented on the planning application will be notified by letter if an appeal is received.

A planning application was  received by the council for the demolition of the Porcupine public house and erection of a two storey building to provide a retail foodstore comprising 800sqm sales area with ancillary storage, office, servicing area, and 35 car parking spaces.

The planning application (reference 13/04160/FULL1) was on the agenda to be considered at Plans Sub Committee No.2 on 20 February 2014.

You can view the agenda and report and read more information about the committee process.

The formal consultation period has now finished however we will accept representations up to the day before the committee meeting. Comments can be submitted via our website, by email to planning@bromley.gov.uk quoting the reference 13/04160, or in writing to Planning, Civic Centre, Bromley BR1 3UH.

Bromley Council refused Lidl’s application for prior approval for demolition works to The Porcupine Public House under The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) Schedule 2 Part 31. This means that demolition could only take place if a further prior approval application is submitted and approved, or if a planning application for or including demolition is permitted.

Bob Neill MP has met with Lidl  and they have agreed not to pursue the demolition via a prior approval application, but to submit a full planning application for the redevelopment of the site. We have not at this time received a planning application for the redevelopment of The Porcupine. If a planning application is received, we will publicise it in the normal way, and additionally on this page, comments already made have been noted however you would need to resubmit any comments you have if an application is received and we would be able consider these along with other planning considerations.

As Lidl have agreed to submit a full planning application, the request for an Article 4 Direction to restrict permitted development rights for demolition will not be considered at this time unless a further ‘Part 31’ prior approval application for demolition is received in the future.

This page will be updated with any changes in respect of the above matters including applications received and decisions made, however please contact planning@bromley.gov.uk if you requires any further information.