Proposal to convert listed Chatham pub rejected

A planning application for a derelict pub in Chatham has been shot down by Medway Council.

The Lord Duncan pub in New Road, Chatham, has been left abandoned for over 45 years, but developers had plans to convert the Grade-II listed property into a home for up to ten people.

The converted space would have made space for ten new flats, consisting of a bedroom complete with kitchens, a laundry room and a communal space.

This was proposed in the second bid for the property. The first bid was made last year, but the applicant pulled out. It had been sold for £115,000 in February last year.

Medway Council, however, rejected this new proposal, citing that it was “unsympathetic and unnecessarily harmful to the significance of the listed building”.

The pub was built in the late 18th century, and named after the Royal Naval Admiral Duncan, who defeated the Dutch fleet during the Battle of Camperdown in 1795. The building was abandoned since 1975.