Okay. The Rising Sun had become a crack house but it was a gorgeous looking building.
Once again developers will put an application to Committee to tear down the pub and build flats. If memory serves two applications have been refused already but this time it seems there is a recommendation to approve this particular application.
Previous objections have raised issues of increased traffic to Wildfell Road, loss of light to surrounding homes and the possibility of increased crime.
Objections to the demolition
We understand that the pub had a dubious reputation just before it closed, but in the right hands it could return to being a thriving amenity for the local working and resident population. The proposals do not include a replacement public house so the demolition of the building would result in the loss of a potentially significant local
The Catford area has already lost over 50% of its pubs recently. Pubs are local amenities and the Council should do what it can to keep them trading as they are important amenities where local people can meet and keep the local society together.
The Rising Sun has a prime position within the Catford high street and there is no reason why, with the right owner, it can’t become a successful pub.
The Rising Sun has an extremely attractive mock-Tudor exterior with half timbering and Tudor-style chimney stacks. It is one of the few architectural ornaments in Rushey Green. The proposed building is bland in comparison and would be detrimental to the appearance of the streetscape.
The Lewisham Local History Society objects to the proposal to demolish the Rising Sun Public House on the grounds that the existing building is of a quality which adds character to the central area of Catford.
Brief History of the Rising Sun
The Rising Sun public house on the west side of Rushey Green and the George on the east provided stabling for horses involved in long and short distance coach travel. The arrival of the railways extinguished these functions. (Info curtsey of Ideal Homes).
So what now?
Whilst we wait for a decision let’s take a hard look at what is proposed for site.