Last year Westminster City Council won its battle to have the Carlton Tavern rebuilt – a pub that “survived the Luftwaffe” – after developer CTLX reduced it to rubble in April 2015, without planning permission.
The five-day enquiry took place in May 2016, after the developers had tried to fight an enforcement order the council had originally placed on it to rebuild the historic pub - with evidence heard from local campaign groups, residents, councillors and Historic England.
The planning inspector dismissed the appeals lodged by the developers and has ruled in favour of Westminster City Council, giving CLTX two years to rebuild the pub.
Big step in the campaign
This week, Westminster City Council cabinet member for planning and public realm, Daniel Astaire, confirmed work started at the beginning of August.
He said: “This is a big step in our campaign to undo the damage caused by the illegal demolition of the Carlton Tavern.
“Westminster City Council has stood side by side with residents to demand that this pub should be rebuilt brick by brick and I look forward to seeing the Carlton Tavern standing once again.
“This is a just reward for the work of all the local campaigners who have fought for this building to be restored. I hope our campaign sends a clear message to developers across the country that they cannot ride roughshod over the views of local communities.”