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Carlton Tavern’s namesake in Australia knocked down

Words: Laura Edgar
Carlton Tavern

The Carlton Inn, Melbourne, has been illegally knocked down and Australian authorities are ordering that it must be rebuilt.

The inn was demolished on 15 October.

The Andrews Labor Government and the City of Melbourne Council have launched a joint action in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to compel the owners of Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub to rebuild it.

Minister for planning Richard Wynne has also imposed a two-year design and development overlay on the site so planning controls on the corner of Leicester and Pelham streets maintain the size and scale of the original building.

The story mirrors that of the Carlton Tavern in Westminster, London, which was demolished in April 2015, in breach of Westminster City Council’s planning decision. It was also being considered for grade II listed at the time.

The council served an enforcement notice to the developers, requiring the pub to be rebuilt “brick by brick”.

In July, The Planner reported that the city council had won its battle to have the Carlton Tavern rebuilt following a ruling by the Planning Inspectorate.

Wynne said he first heard about the Carlton in Westminster when people started sending him news clips, suggesting the same rebuild order should be levelled at the owners of the Australian Carlton pub.

"Australians and the English have a shared love of their history – and their pubs.

"Rebuild orders for two Carlton pubs in separate hemispheres serve as a warning – people will not stand for illegal demolition of their history."

Robert Davis MBE DL, Westminster City Council deputy leader and cabinet member for the built environment, said: “It is truly extraordinary that the local Westminster campaign to get the Carlton Tavern rebuilt brick-by-brick has had such a far-reaching impact.

“Our colleagues in Melbourne deserve a huge amount of credit – they have set a clear precedent that communities will not stand for this kind of scandalous act.”

According to Australian media reports, the developers who illegally demolished the pub have promised to rebuild it.

The Age has reported that the developers had written to the government saying they were sorry for knocking the building down without warning.

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