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Published: 12:00, 13 October 2016 |
Updated: 12:33, 13 October 2016
A council has been forced to allow more demolition to an already half-standing pub which was torn down illegally - and after false promises.
"Officers returned and were shocked that much more of the building had been knocked down.
"A structural expert examined the building later that afternoon and reported that a large section of it had been rendered dangerous and now needed to be demolished.
"The council is seeking an explanation from the developer."
In April 2012 an application to build a pair of semi detached houses on the site was approved but that permission has now lapsed. There are no other planning applications pending there.
The Battle of Britain pub was originally a wooden hut which stood behind the current building’s location. It was created by RAF personnel in 1947.
It was built to commemorate a wartime event, when Gravesend was the first RAF station to operate the American P-51 Mustang III long-range single-seat fighter-bomber.
In 1961, the owners of the pub purchased Shears Green House, which became the current Battle of Britain pub. The old hut was demolished in May 1962.
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