Demolished Carlton Tavern pub in Maida Vale is given heritage value
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The heritage value of a much loved Maida Vale pub demolished without permission by its owner has been put on record.
The Carlton Tavern in Carlton Vale, was being considered for listed status by Historic England when owners CLTX reduced it to rubble last April.
Westminster Council met last week to review and amend an early decision to refuse the original planning application by CLTX adding a reference to the Carlton Tavern’s demolition and its status as an undesignated heritage asset.
The Israeli-based company planned to demolish the historic building and replace it with a pub at ground level and 10 residential units over four floors.
The pub, which dates back to 1920, was knocked down with all its contents inside, shortly before it was due to be given a Grade II listing by Historic England.
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In events that stunned the community, CLTX put in an appeal against their rejected planning application two weeks after reducing the Victorian pub to rubble and insisting it be heard in secret, by written representation.
It will be heard by public inquiry in May.
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Last June the council slapped CLTX with an enforcement order to rebuild the pub ‘brick by brick’.
Last month the pub site was listed as an asset of community value.
Cllr Robert Davis, speaking at Westminster Council’s planning committee in his role as chairman, said: “I have always stood right behind our residents who have been very clear that the Carlton Tavern is part of the special heritage of Westminster.
“It is important that we have gone on record again to underline the decision and recognise further the pub’s heritage value. This is another step in our battle to get it rebuilt brick by brick.”
“I look forward to the public inquiry in May and I hope that the many local people who care deeply about this issue will be able to attend.”