The Peel in Kingston could be demolished for student flats

Surrey Comet: SC KIN NOW GREEN The Peel in Kingston could be demolished for student flats SC KIN NOW GREEN The Peel in Kingston could be demolished for student flats

A property developer has applied to Kingston Council to demolish the borough’s most iconic live music venue - The Sir Robert Peel.

The pub in Cambridge Road known fondly as The Peel, had seen the likes of The Vaccines, Jamie T, Gallows and John Newman walk through its doors before it closed for good on April 27 this year.

After its final gig its Facebook page told revellers: "Thank you, and goodnight."

Cobham-based Urbanicity bought the venue from debt-ridden brewery owner Punch Taverns earlier this year.

A spokesman from Urbanicity, who was asked what would take the place of The Peel, said: "We are undecided at the moment. We are looking into student accommodation, possibly some sort of mixed use development."

Although he declined to say how much the venue had been bought for, he said the prospect of a new Tesco cropping up at the site had not been "thought of particularly".

For many years The Peel was one of the borough’s premier live gig venues, where hundreds of up and coming young bands performed and rehearsed.

The pub was also known for its lap dance, striptease and pole dance shows, which took place in a separate area behind the music room.

The Peel’s popularity waned in recent years as it opened infrequently only to host guaranteed sell-out live shows.

But Dan Pitfield wrote on Facebook: "No venue has meant so much to a lot of people... it will be sorely missed."

Malcolm Weinberg wrote: "Such an important part of our lives now gone."

Norbiton councillor Sheila Griffin said: "I am not disappointed about the pub closing down because it had a bit of a bad reputation. I would rather have housing.”

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