Dartford Council to Discuss Plans for Micropub and New Homes at Historic Darenth Pub

Plans for Micropub and New Homes at The Ship Pub in Darenth to be Discussed at Dartford Council

A proposal to revitalize a historic pub in Darenth may finally be approved after more than a year since it was first submitted.

The plans, which include converting part of The Ship into a micropub and building new homes next door, will be presented to councilors next week.

Private company Llamedos Properties first submitted the idea to Dartford Council in January 2023, but it was not brought before councilors until January of this year. Due to a late submission during the planning meeting, the decision was deferred.

The proposed development includes partially demolishing two extensions and seven outbuildings on the site, as well as converting the upper floor into two one-bedroom flats. Two five-bedroom houses with basements will also be built, along with a new single-storey extension to serve as a garden room.

The ground floor of the building will be kept as a pub and transformed into a micropub, while the upper floor will become residential space.

The plans also include provisions for parking, with two spaces for each property, one for each flat, and three for the pub, as well as additional space for visitors.

The applicant believes the development is appropriate, as it will retain the community building and improve the site, which has been targeted by fly-tippers and has experienced anti-social behavior.

However, council officers have recommended that the plans be refused due to their potential harm to the green belt and the open space. They do not believe that the benefits of the development outweigh the negatives.

The plans have already been discussed twice by councilors, with the most recent meeting resulting in a decision to approve the proposal, pending the drafting of planning conditions. However, the decision has been deferred again and will be discussed for a third time next Thursday.

The site, which has been vacant since August 2019, has already attracted significant interest, with ten viewings on the first day it was put on the market. It has now sold for more than the original asking price of £600,000.

To see more planning applications and public notices for your area, please visit the council’s website.

The Ship has been operating under various license agreements, but permanently closed its doors in August 2019. The property includes three former trade areas, a three-bedroom accommodation, gardens, outbuildings, and a stable.

Property specialists Sidney Phillips reported high levels of interest in the property, with ten viewings on the first day it was on the market. It has been sold for more than the asking price.

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