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Willesden pub will not be saved from the wrecking ball

PUBLISHED: 11:47 06 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:51 06 June 2013

The Queensbury pub in Walm Lane

The Queensbury pub in Walm Lane

Jonathan Goldberg

The Queensbury Pub in Walm Lane will go under plans by developers

A popular pub in Willesden that was due for demolition will not be saved despite a planning application being withdrawn, the Times can reveal.

Yesterday, the Times reported that an application to demolish The Queensbury Pub in Walm Lane and replace it with a tower block of homes had been scrapped. Campaigners had hoped the news may mean the pub could yet be saved but a leaked email from developers Fariview Homes has indicated retaining the pub is not in their plans.

The email, seen by the Times, says that following discussions with the planning team at Brent Council the designs would be re-submitted.

But in place of the pub, which also hosts two mother and baby groups, it suggests a community space such as a café or restaurant in order to accommodate them.

The email, which recommends a “number of revisions”, says: “These involve, principally, an alteration to the site boundary so that it incorporates improvements to the pavement in front of the three shops to the right of the site.

“They have also increased the amount of non-residential space at ground floor level with a view to its including A3 use (which includes uses such as a coffee shop, restaurant or Bistro) and D1 use (which includes crèches and day nurseries).”

“These changes have been brought about by the strong view from the council that community use be retained on the site.”

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