English Heritage listing bid for historical building in Kensal Green

Residents are aiming to get this building listed

Residents are aiming to get this building listed - Credit: Archant

Campaigners who saved a historical building from being turned into flats by developers have applied for it to be listed.

Residents have taken action to halt any future development plans for the EM Lander Memorial in Harrow Road, by applying for the English Heritage (EH) status.

EH have recommended the single-storey building, which dates back to the early 19th century, is listed following an assessment but the final decision it down to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.

In September, Kensington & Chelsea Council threw out an application to demolish the showroom and build a four-floor building containing nine flats and a commercial unit on the site.

The town hall had received 60 objections to the plans including correspondence from Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, The Kensal Triangle Residents Association (KTRA) and councillors in Brent.

In addition Westminster Council also raised a formal objection.

Rejecting the proposal the council noted the development would ‘pose an unacceptable risk to pedestrian safety’, the design was ‘inappropriate and insensitive’ and it would harm the views from Kensal Green Cemetery next door.

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Avril Mackintosh from KTRA, said: “KTRA have joined forces with The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery to gather as much factual information about this special piece of Kensal history.

“We are in a race against time now and one very important piece of information is sill missing - we need the date Landers was built!

“The year has been narrowed down to between 1916 - 1923.

“We have until the end of the month to get the information to English Heritage before they submit their report to The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, so please help us - e mail any information to info@ktra.co.uk”

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