News that the high street's temporary art space Utrophia and adjoining shop Extra Bones have been given notice to quit from their location next to Poundland by the end of the month suggest that changes are in the offing.
When I broke the story in January that pubco Antic is planning to open a new pub in the former Job Centre, there was some debate about whether or not they would have to apply for change of use at the premises.
It turns out they do, and an application was submitted at around the same time for a change of use to a public house, along with a number of alterations to the building, the most significant being the creation of a roof terrace at the first floor level.
The planning application includes a rather faint line-drawing (above) and the standard elevation (below) which show little change to the look of the building aside from the addition of railings and a doorway at to give access to the roof terrace.
Considering that the building has residential properties at that level on both sides I would be surprised if this application has not attracted objections from the neighbours. Although Antic is proposing that outdoor areas will only be used up to 10pm (and they do police this same condition very strictly at the Royal Albert) I am not sure I would be happy with the loss of privacy and increase in noise that a new roof terrace would inevitably result in.
According to Lewisham's planning website (not so easy to use in its new format, I have to say) the target date for decision on this application is 30 April.