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Bulldozed London pub must be rebuilt says Westminster City Council

by on May 7, 2015

A 1920s London pub – demolished by the owners while it was being considered for listed building status – should be rebuilt, the planning authority involved has decided. The Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale in central London was unexpectedly bulldozed last month.

Now Westminster City Council planning chairman councilor Andrew Smith has called the demolition of the pub “an act of vandalism” and confirmed an enforcement order requiring its rebuilding.

Council officials had recommended that the pub should be rebuilt within 18 months “so as to recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition on 8th April 2015.” The pub was the only building in the street – Carlton Vale – to survive World War II bombing.

Historic England said the tavern was built in 1920 in the so-called Vernacular Revival style by Frank J. Potter. It was commissioned by Charrington & Co brewery at a cost of £11,600 and replaced an earlier pub on the site dating from the 1860s which was destroyed by a German Zeppelin bomb on 19 May 1918.

An application to demolish the building and replace it with a pub and flats as part of a mixed-use scheme had been recommended for approval by officers earlier this year but the proposals were rejected by members on design grounds.

View the full planning committee report (PDF 3MB)

Roger Milne

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