Listing could save Portsmouth pub from wrecking ball

REDEVELOPMENT The Wymering pub in Wymering
REDEVELOPMENT The Wymering pub in Wymering
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A FORMER pub which faces demolition could be saved by English Heritage.

But plans to ensure The Wymering Arms, on Medina Road, Wymering, becomes a listed building rely on people donating their pictures of the pub’s inside.

The pub, which was closed in March this year, is owned by development firm Bacchus.

The company wants to knock it down, and replace it with 15 apartments.

Its proposals have been turned down twice by Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee, in March on design grounds, and in July because there was insufficient parking in the plans.

But campaigners against the demolition know it is only a matter of time before the company submits a design the council can’t refuse.

They have responded by contacting English Heritage, which has confirmed it is considering whether to grant it listed status, as an example of unspoilt 1930s architecture.

If the application succeeds, the building will be protected against demolition.

But Ricky Palmer, of Brightstone Road, Wymering, leader of the campaign to save the pub, says help is needed from anyone with pictures of the inside of the building.

He said: ‘It’s promising they’re taking a look at it, but we need some shots of the inside of the building, to help with the consideration. We don’t have those. So if any member of the public has any, I’d ask them to send them to me, as they might save the building.’

The application to have the brick-built former pub listed was submitted by campaign member Graham Heaney.

He explained: ‘It’s an imposing building. Some people may say it’s nothing special, but it was built in 1937 and it’s a good example of 20th century architecture.

It was built at the same time as the rest of the estate and it’s an integral part of it. It’s at an angle to the other buildings and it really stands out, so I think there should be a good case for it to be listed.’

If you have a photo of the inside of the pub, contact Ricky Palmer on 07905 265076.