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Carlton Tavern rebuild firm bid to include flats on site rejected

Firm smashed down pub and was told to rebuild it again

20 October, 2017 — By Tom Foot

The Carlton Tavern  

A DEVELOPER being forced to rebuild a pub it demolished in April 2015 has had a new application to build flats on the site rejected.

The company, CLTX, applied to Westminster Council to build two studio flats and a two- bedroom apartment on the site of the former Carlton Tavern in Carlton Vale, Maida Vale.

In May 2016 a planning inquiry ruled that the company must rebuild the pub “in facsimile” and the council this week said it was “determined to see that commitment through”.

Rob Cope, of the Friends of Carlton Tavern, said: “We are pleased that Westminster planners rejected this attempt at the very first hurdle. The outcome of the planning inquiry was very clear: rebuild the Carlton brick by brick and complete this by July 2018.

“We hope CLTX will now concentrate on this task and avoid further distractions.”

Images submitted in the CLTX planning application show the devastation caused when the pub was knocked down without warning or permission, as reported in the Extra (see right).

The landlady arrived at the pub for work finding it half knocked down with even a pint glass standing on a table in the devastated building. The tavern had survived the Blitz in the Second World War.

A campaign to rebuild the pub was launched by regulars and backed by councillors.

In May 2015 the council had served the developer with an enforcement notice ordering it rebuild the pub within 18 months. CLTX later appealed the decision but lost. In a bizarre coincidence a pub with the same name in Melbourne was demolished without warning in October 2016. In March this year signs

appeared on the Maida Vale site saying that works to rebuild the pub had begun but in July, according to Companies House, the company’s sole director Steve Hanlon resigned and was replaced with an investment fund, called Comeragh Inc, registered in St Vincent & the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

The developer could not be reached for a response this week but its application to the council said it wanted consent to rebuild the pub in “exactly the same form as the previous building, plus the conversion of the first and second floors to form three residential apartments with separate dedicated access”.

Its application included an inventory of “items to be salvaged” from the demolished ruins of the pub including timber windows, “glazed signage” and brickwork.

In a statement, Westminster Council’s planning chief Cllr Daniel Astaire said: “The council received a planning application for the rebuilding of the Carlton Tavern public house, together with two residential studio suites and a two-bedroom apartment on the first and second floors.

“The city council has  carefully considered the content of this planning application and decided to decline to determine the application under section 70C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Westminster City Council has stood side by side with residents to demand that this pub should be rebuilt brick by brick and we are determined to see that commitment through.”

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