New craft beer bar planned on Bexley high street but some locals claim it'll make their lives 'hell'

Eastside Quarter development in Bexleyheath, Bexley, London, UK
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Plans have been revealed for a new pub on a Bexley high street, but neighbours have claimed the noise of customers outside their flats could make their lives ‘hell’. Bexley Council has received an application for a new craft beer bar on Broadway high street.

The pub, called Good Space Tap, would sit on the ground floor of the Eastside Quarter development, a new block of flats in the town centre. The space would be licensed to serve booze from 11am to 11pm every day with outside seating along the front of the space.

Specialty coffee and cakes would be available from the venue from 8am with takeaway beer also being offered. The business is proposed by the same team behind No Frills Joe Brewing Company in Greenhithe, Kent.

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Cineworld building on Broadway, Bexleyheath, Bexley, London, UK
The Eastside Quarter site faces the Cineworld building on Broadway -Credit:Joe Coughlan

Over 40 objections to the scheme have been sent by neighbours of the site. Vishall Tell said he lives in a flat directly above the proposed pub. He said he was worried about how he and his family would be disturbed due to their proximity to the new space and the adverse effect the business may have on the surrounding properties' value.

Mr Tell said in his objection: "If given a licence I will lose all my privacy as if you visit the site you will see that the site is so close to my balcony and living room that I will feel as if their customers are sitting in my living room."

He added: "I would not be able to use my balcony at all due to privacy and noise concerns, also as they will have outdoor seating all of their customers will be able to see through straight into my living room and balcony. This is unacceptable and will make my young family's life hell."

Council documents showed the applicant said the door of the bar would be kept shut in the evenings to prevent noise affecting residents and any rubbish from the space would be cleared. He added that individuals causing antisocial behaviour would be banned and drinking would be prohibited to designated areas. Several locals also expressed their support for the proposal.

Local resident Rory Wheble said in his representation: "The business will have little to no negative impact on the area and bring positives such as supporting local businesses, more affordable leisure time (as micropubs are often more affordable) and even jobs."

The plans to open the new bar on Broadway will be discussed at a Bexley Council licensing meeting on June 11.

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