Brent planning bosses reject revised housing plans for threatened pub in Willesden

The community are fighting to save the Queensbury Pub in Willesden (Pic credit: Jan Nevill)

The community are fighting to save the Queensbury Pub in Willesden (Pic credit: Jan Nevill) - Credit: Archant

Planning chiefs have thrown out a revised plan to demolish a popular pub in Willesden to make way for a housing development.

In March, plans submitted by Fairview New Homes (FNH) to convert the Queensbury pub, in Walm Lane, into 56 residential apartments, 23 car parking spaces and a community space were rejected by the planning committee following a marathon deliberation.

The developers lodged an appeal to the planning inspectorate - which examines planning related and specialist casework in England and Wales- following the decision.

It will now determine whether the council’s reason for refusal were reasonable and justified in planning terms.

FNH have since submitted revised proposals, promising the delivery of more affordable homes –which was a key factor in the rejection of the original plans.

However, planning chiefs chose to ignore recommendations from council officers for the second time in the saga on the fate of the site -which is listed as an asset of community value-, and rebuffed the amendments.

They claim the suggested changes does not significantly alter the original plans, and that there was a lack of clarity or whether it would be viable for the developers to deliver more reasonably priced homes than what had been offered.

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A council spokesman said: “In the absence of an opportunity to scrutinise the developers expectations and in the context of Brent’s housing needs and affordable housing policies, the level and nature of the shared ownership housing proposed was not considered to be the reasonable maximum affordable housing that the development could provide.”

In January, a petition boasting more than 4,000 signatures was handed in to Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council’s lead member for children and families, who showed his support for the campaign.

Iain Elliott, a prominent member of the Save our Queensbury Pub (SQP), which has campaigned to save the under threat pub which also doubles as community hub told the Times the number of affordable homes on offer was unacceptable.

He said: “We are pleased that the planning committee agree that there needs to be more affordable homes in the development.

“If we are going to going to lose the pub there we a least want a good number of social and affordable housing in the development.

FNH declined to comment.

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