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Carlton Tavern must be rebuilt, Planning Inspectorate rules

Words: Laura Edgar
Carlton Tavern

Westminster City Council has won its battle to have the Carlton Tavern, Maida Vale, rebuilt “brick by brick”, after it was knocked down by developers in April 2015.

In May, a public inquiry was held at Westminster City Hall.

The Planning Inspectorate heard the developer CLTX’s appeal against the enforcement notice issued by the council. The notice stated that the pub is to be rebuilt as close to the original as possible.

The council said the demolition of the Carlton Tavern took place with no prior warning to the council, no approval and no proper health and safety procedures in place.

The inquiry received evidence from local campaign groups, residents, councillors and Historic England.

At the time of demolition, the pub was being considered for grade II listing.

The planning inspector agreed that it was “highly likely that it would have been listed had it not been demolished”, calling it a “rare public house”.

“I see no reason from the information available why a detailed and accurate reconstruction could not be undertaken,” said the inspector.

With the appeal by CLTX dismissed, the company now has two years to rebuild the pub.

Robert Davis MBE DL, Westminster City Council cabinet member for the built environment, said the decision is a “just reward” for the work of all the local campaigners who fought to have the pub rebuilt.

“Our planning officers and residents made a strong case in May at the public inquiry. I am pleased that we have won the battle and I look forward to seeing the Carlton Tavern turned back into a thriving community pub,” he said.

“This sends a clear message to developers across the country that they cannot ride roughshod over the views of local communities.”

Neil Whittaker, the London and the East representative on RTPI’s National Association for Planning Enforcement Management Committee, said: “This is an example of how the planning enforcement function within a local planning authority is used to ensure the integrity of the planning system. Enforcement was used to ensure that this building, which is important to the community, will be made available to them once again.”

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