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Furore over London pub demolition

by on April 15, 2015

Westminster City Council is considering legal action over the demolition of a pub in Maida Vale, west London, that was in line for listing. It was the last building left standing in its street during World War 2 bombings.

The council had rejected plans to pull down the Carlton Tavern in Carlton Vale in January. Developers CLTX Ltd proposed to remove the then existing building and replace it with a ground-floor pub and four upper floors comprising ten residential units.

This proposal was turned down by a planning sub-committee on January 13 because “the bulk, height and detailed design the new building would be detrimental to the view from the adjacent Maida Vale Conservation Area”.

A Westminster City Council spokesperson said: “The building’s demolition required the city council’s prior approval and as no such approval was sought or obtained, the city council will be seeking legal advice concerning whether any future action is legally possible.

“The demolition of the Carlton Tavern remains under active investigation and the council is considering all of its options at this stage.”

Historic England, the government’s heritage advisor, confirmed the pub was being considered for listing.

Westminster councilor Jan Prendergast said: “This came as a shock to everyone. There was no prior warning to the council, no approvals and no proper health and safety procedures in place.”


Roger Milne

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