Public enquiry launched into plans to demolish pub in Willesden
PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 January 2015
A public enquiry has started which will once and for all determine the future of a much loved Willesden pub.
Plans to demolish The Queensbury pub in Walm Lane, and build a ten storey tower in its place is being discussed at Brent Civic Centre until next Tuesday.
A government inspector will preside over the hearing and listen to deputations from the council, the developer Fairview Homes and Save the Queensbury campaigners before making a decision.
Brent Council decided in March last year that permission should not be granted to demolish 110 Walm Lane, where the pub is situated.
Ian Elliott, for Save the Queensbury campaign, said: “We are optimistic that the government inspector will agree with the council’s decision to refuse the application. We’ve always said there’s an alternative plan, we’ve proved there’s scope to build around the pub with a much more sympathetic design, low rise building which is more befitting of the conservation area.”
He added: “A 10-storey tower block doesn’t belong; it will be out of place in the area. It’s not needed and it’s not welcome. We’ve always said keep the Queensbury, don’t demolish it. That’s what we’re hoping for.”
Save the Queensbury applied to be a “Rule 6” party in November allowing them to be an active partner at the inquiry with the power to cross examine witnesses, including the council and Fairview Homes.
Cllr Tom Miller, Labour councillor for the Willesden Green ward, said: “The Queensbury is an absolutely essential local asset to the community. It’s a great place for people to drink and socialise but it’s also a great place where a lot of community activity takes place.
“I’m hoping the inspectorate will back the decision made by Brent’s planning committee and keeps the Queensbury open.”
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