The Save the Ship Campaign have launched a petition.
They are objecting to planning application 15/03553/P concerning the Ship public house, 55 South Norwood High Street.
They are seeking to protect The Ship from residential development and change of use.
This petition has been started to gain support in objecting to part of the ground floor being turned into flats, and the loss of the garden. Planning permission has been refused on two previous occasions for flats and despite the lack of planning permission the developer has chosen to complete the work and rent them out.
The campaign feel that the problems with the previous plans haven’t been sufficiently addressed in the new application. The Ship is in a conservation area and the granting of planning permission for mansard roof to create a second floor on the back of the pub would have an unacceptable negative visual impact on the area. Should retrospective planning permission be granted without these issue being addressed, the campaign feels it would act as an open invitation for others to ignore the planning system. The new plans submitted by the developer would change half of the ground into residential accommodation.
For full details of the specific objections to the planning application and the petition, please click here.
The group are also submitting the results of a recent pub survey regarding the Ship re-opening taken to ascertain the demand for the ship to remain open as a pub. They point out that 90% of 200 people have stated that there is a demand for a pub serving good quality food and drink in the area. You can visit the survey here: https://surveyplanet.com/553268139fe1f3045431ff3d
To follow the campaign, see:
Facebook: Save the Ship (South Norwood)