Doctor Johnson pub, Clayhall, set for new homes

The derelict Doctor Johnson pub in Clayhall has been vacant since 2010.

The derelict Doctor Johnson pub in Clayhall has been vacant since 2010. - Credit: Archant

Plans to build new homes on the site of a derelict Grade II-listed pub have been submitted, a few months after permission for a residential development and a Tesco store was refused.

A planning application was received by Redbridge Council for three four-bedroom terrace houses on the land adjacent to the former Doctor Johnson pub, Longwood Gardens, Clayhall.

This comes after Tesco was refused permission to build a shop and flats on the site of the 1930s pub in September because of a lack of on-site parking.

The supermarket chain bought the site two years ago, but residents signed a petition to oppose the plans for the pub, which has been unused since 2010.

The new application for the site, submitted by a Mr Sanger, proposes that three houses with rear gardens and six parking spaces be built on a 900 metre square piece of land, which used to be the pub’s car park and beer garden, while the pub would remain untouched.


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The application states: “Although planning permission was recently refused for three dwellings on this site, it was as part of a much larger scheme involving the alteration, extension and change of use of the adjoining Grade II-listed building,” adding that the new plans should be recommended for approval.

It also mentions a council report from 2013/14, which said there was a shortfall of 1,455 four-bedroom houses in the borough.

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Stacey Ismael, owner of nearby dog grooming salon Paw-Fect, who would have welcomed a Tesco shop, said: “I have no problem with them building houses there. It is just a shame they are not doing anything with the Johnson building.

“It used to be such a beautiful building – once upon a time.

“Now it’s just a complete eyesore and it is deteriorating.”

Paul Struck, 39, of Seven Kings, who knows the area well, argued: “It is wrong to build on green space, even if that’s just the pub’s garden. I would like to see it return to its former use – as a pub.”

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