Greenwich planners have recommended that the former Greenwich Book Time shop on Creek Road, which was formally a pub, be demolished.

The former owner fought a battle against development for years. The neighbouring site has seen the “Gramercy” development constructed over the past two years, and I covered the planning application here.

It will now go before Greenwich Councillors to approve or reject next week.

Nearby there were plans to demolish the former Thames pub – a lovely old building which offered a great contrast to new-builds all around. Happily this has been refused. There’s little doubt that it could thrive under the right management given the huge increase in homes within the vicinity.

Reasons for refusal were the loss of a heritage asset; one which offers a glimpse into the streetscapes in this area before redevelopment, plus a loss of privacy for nearby homes and servicing concerns for the commercial unit. It would only have offered eight homes – the current building refurbished would likely provide at least half that and retain a building of great character.