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The former WP Stone workshop on Tyrwhitt Road has been demolished to make way for eight new flats in a development you can read about here.
Reassuring to see that, despite the Council Tax we all pay, the council's planning pages have mixed up the original and proposed plans for the site.Is anyone in local government not a feckless moron?
Shame. The old building had some architectural merit, and it does feel like you could have kept the frontage at least - do a sort of old vs new contrast, I thought this is what the planning folk liked these days.
The destruction of an attractive period facade/building in order to shove up a birdcage of puny flats is hardly surprising. Had the Notre Dame been constructed in Lewisham rather than Paris, then the Council would have has it torn down yonks ago in place of some ugly new flats. I cant think of any high-profile attempts by the Council to protect our architectural heritage in the Borough. So many lovely buildings get flattened for modern souless junk, that Elephant House mentioned in yesterdays BC article was so beautiful by comparison to the cube which took its place, surely they could have come up with something better. And the lovely Art Deco building which has been steamrolled in Ladywell, or the Edwardian buildings at Gordonbrock, or the Victorian school in Lewisham itself (Bridge something?)....or am i mistaken?
@Hugh, do you claim to be Hugh MkI and probably.@Jon, clients won't pick up the extra coast.
I have to say, although I am generally a fan of preservation of buildings of merit, I really cannot see any reason to mourn the loss of the WP Stone building. It was a pretty uninspiring pile of bricks...
Lots of Asbestos too
the lovely Art Deco buildingYou mean the really rather ordinary mock-art deco thing?
WP Stone was gash.
@Hugh - Does mixing up one or two of the hundreds of plans that get submitted to and have to be scanned in by council workers every day really make someone a moron?!
Sorry, 'feckless' moron...
@Mouse, I fail to see the causation you infer in Hugh's comment.
Another piece of local history gone to make way for oiks to move in and drink in the overpriced Talbot
Don't understand. You want a derelict house to remain? Or a tasteful conversion of the old building that would still attract Talbot customers? If you wouldn't mind clarifying before nurse arrives with your injection.
There are clearly not enough flats being built in Lewisham because it seems every new development seems to involve creating yet more souless sleeping boxes.I am wondering if the Wickham Arms will go that way.
If you dont understand maybe you should be first with the injection.
I believe the Wickham is listed.
The ultimate problem is that to protect the beautiful countryside that surrounds London and is currently protected by green belt status as well as sites of real interest in London itself, land in the city has to be used as efficiently as possible, which means building smaller properties and that land be used as efficiently as possible. We can't all live in 3 bed detached houses with an acre of land.... Personally I would prefer that derelict land such as this is used more efficiently than left unused, putting pressure on green spaces further out. If the WP Stone building was genuinely some kind of architectural gem in the rough, then fair enough, protection would be warranted, but as it is, I would rather this building be demolished and keep something of real merit. We can't keep everything, London isn't a museum!I very much doubt the Wickham Arms is listed. It's in the conservation area, so has as much protection as any other building in the area. Even if it were listed, conversion into residential property would be possible, just subject to more restrictions. The pub opposite the Wickham (which was called the Lord Peter Wolseley or something until 2003) has been converted into flats already...
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