A Bermondsey pub could be turned into flats if plans are given the go ahead.
Two separate planning applications have been submitted to the council for The Winnicott – formerly known as the Old Justice.
The three-storey building in Bermondsey Wall East currently houses the pub, which is no longer in use, on the ground and basement floors, with flats on the floors above.
One set of plans proposes to change the use of the ground floor and basement to residential to accommodate two self-contained flats at ground level, but leave the basement untouched. Another plan, put forward by the same applicant, proposed to build a two-storey extension for a two-bedroom flat.
Both proposals have been drawn up by Milan Babic Architects, on behalf of Hamna Wakaf Ltd – the same developer that bought the China Hall, in Lower Road.
Southwark’s Liberal Democrat Council Group have drawn up a petition to apply for asset of community value (ACV) status for the pub.
Councillor Anood Al-Samerai, leader of Southwark Liberal Democrat Group, said: “Too many pubs are being converted into luxury flats and the worry is that there will be nowhere left for Lib Dem councillors to have a drink.
“We hope residents will join us in calling for the pub to be saved from closure and made into a community asset.”
To sign the petition, visit: www.southwark-libdems.org.uk/save_the_winnicott_pub
To view and comment on the plans, search for planning reference numbers 17/AP/2646 and 17/AP/2645 on Southwark Council’s online planning register.