A historic pub in Kilburn which survived being bombed in the second world war has been demolished by developers without permission from the council.
Residents were incredulous to learn that builders turned up and knocked down the Carlton Tavern, with all the contents — including a flat screen television, darts board and glasses — still inside.
The pub was sold to developer CLTX who submitted plans to Westminster council to turn it into a pub on the ground floor, with 10 flats over four floors. But the plans were rejected by the local authority.
— Thomas Crockett (@Cllr_Maida_Vale) April 8, 2015
Maida Vale councillor Jan Prendergast told the Kilburn Times: “They do not have permission to do this. I am absolutely furious.
“The council will take very strong measures against them. It’s not safe and I’m appalled for the residents who live here.”
A Westminster council spokesperson told Londonist: “Westminster City Council’s Planning Enforcement Team received a report that the Carlton Tavern was in the process of being demolished. A planning inspector of the planning enforcement team visited the site immediately following receipt of the report and noted at 2.30pm that the building had indeed been substantially demolished with only one side wall remaining.
“The building’s demolition required the City Council’s prior approval and as no such approval was sought or obtained, the City Council will be seeking legal advice concerning whether any future action is legally possible.
“Pubs play an important role in our local community.”