Google Streetview image of the Plume of Feathers
The Grade II-listed pub closed a year ago and was sold last summer

A proposal to turn an 18th century pub in Plumstead into a restaurant and takeaway has been withdrawn after objections from local residents.

The Grade II-listed Plume of Feathers, on Plumstead High Street, closed in April 2019 and was sold by the pub giant EI Group to an Abbey Wood-based property company, Dhadda Estates, three months later.

Dhadda wanted to convert the premises into “mixed restaurant and hot food takeaway use”, claiming the pub was unviable and that Greenwich Council’s decision to allow another former pub on the high street, the Horse and Groom, to become a nursery had set a precedent.

But the application was withdrawn yesterday after 19 objections were received by the council – enough to see the proposals put to a committee of councillors.

A leasehold for the pub, opposite St Nicholas Gardens, is still on the market.

Plumstead High Street has lost most of its pubs in recent years, with the Volunteer the last one standing, along with the Plumstead Radical Club at the west end of the high street.

Close to the Plume of Feathers, an application to turn the Maybloom Social Club on Bostall Hill into nine flats was thrown out by council planning officers last month. The club replaced an earlier, imposing building which was recently demolished for housing. The developer claimed that the club was unsustainable having lost 400 members while being demolished and rebuilt.

The Plume’s developers had claimed the Volunteer, Maybloom and the Foresters Arms in Welling were suitable alternative community facilities.

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