Residents in Kensal Green launch fight to save historical building

Developers plan to demolish this building and replace it with flats

Developers plan to demolish this building and replace it with flats - Credit: Archant

Residents in Kensal Green are fighting to save a historical building dating back to 1833 from being turned into flats by developers.

The single-storey building in Harrow Road, which is used as a stonemason’s showroom by EM Lander Memorial, could make way for a four floor building containing nine flats and a commercial unit.

The proposals have been submitted to Kensington & Chelsea Council under the name ‘Robertson and Lloyd Partnership’.

Avril Mackintosh from Kensal Triangle Resident Association (KTRA) is urging locals to fight the plans by sending an objection to the council.

She told the Times: “We can not lose yet another part of historic Kensal Green - the housing should be designed around this fabulous building.

“We have to save it for future generations.”

If the development is given the green light the current pedestrian and vehicle access at the site, near a busy junction, will be altered.

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The prospective changes concern Rev David Ackerman, the Vicar of St John’s church which is located across the road from the building.

He has been campaigning alongside, KTRA and other residents for a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Harrow Road with Ladbroke Grove and Kilburn Lane.

He said: “This is a dangerous junction and last week there was a nasty accident, with one of the cars ending up a window of an empty shop.

“It would be madness to approve any development until something is done by Transport for London about this junction.

“I know too that many local people do not want a building of such distinctive character knocked down.”

The manager of EM Lander told the Times they will continue trading in the commercial unit within the development if it goes ahead.

To see the full plans visit decision on the proposals is expect to be made by the council’s planning committee around September 25.