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Seven Stiles

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Ranmore Path

St Mary Cray

Seven Stiles

Above photo, date unknown.

Seven Stiles location

Above photo showing the flats that have been built on the demolished Seven Stiles public house. 2016.


I am informed that the pub has been demolished and flats built in its place. As yet no further information known.


From the 16 Mar 2004 by Richard Simcox.

Pub bulldozed before future can be decided.

A PUB which campaigners were hoping to save has already been demolished ahead of an inquiry into plans for the site.

Ward councillors and residents are angry the "Seven Stiles," St Mary Cray, has been bulldozed before a decision is made on developing it into flats.

A planning inquiry is due to be held early next month and, as we reported last week, the former boozer has previously been spared demolition twice during the long-running saga over its future.

But contractors, believed to be working for potential developer Creighton Trust, moved in several weeks ago and flattened the building in Ranmore Path.

Councillor John Holbrook, who represents the area with councillors Sue Gibbens and Colin Willetts, was told by planners they were powerless to stop the work but he plans to raise the matter at the forthcoming inquiry.

Cllr Holbrook said: "Our view is the developer should not have knocked it down before permission is given, morally speaking at least, but it's a very grey area.

"This adds a whole new dimension to the inquiry."

Though the demolition proposal formed part of the trust's application, which was rejected and is being appealed, officers say it is not against planning rules to bulldoze the site ahead of a final decision.

Campaigners, who have fought plans for the pub for more than 18 months, wanted the original building incorporated into any future development.

A spokesman for St Mary Cray Action Group said: "What concerns us is, when the area was originally developed, it was with the proviso there should be a licensed premises there. This is something we will certainly raise at the inquiry."

Robinson Escott Planning, of Halstead, Kent, is acting as agent for the trust, which first applied for permission to develop the pub in July 2002.

As News Shopper went to press, Fred Robinson, who has been dealing with the application for the firm, was unavailable for comment.



SHEARS Wendy 1996


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