Westminster City Council last night made further strides to recognise the special place of the Carlton Tavern in the borough’s heritage.
The council’s planning committee met to review the decision to refuse the original planning application on 13 January 2015 at City Hall, and the impact recent announcements would have had.
The Carlton Tavern is now listed as an Asset of Community Value and a Historic England report says that the building was being considered for listed status when it was levelled.
Councillors rejected the original application back in 2015, but the historic pub was unlawfully demolished on 8 April 2015.
Last night councillors decided to amend this refusal, adding a reference to the Carlton Tavern’s demolition and its status as an undesignated heritage asset.
This is a key distinction, as it puts on planning record the heritage value of the pub.
Cllr Robert Davis, speaking at Westminster City Council’s planning committee in his role as chairman, said: “I have always stood right behind our residents who have been very clear that the Carlton Tavern is part of the special heritage of Westminster.
“It is important that we have gone on record again to underline the decision and recognise further the pub’s heritage value. This is another step in our battle to get it rebuilt brick by brick.”
“I look forward to the public inquiry in May and I hope that the many local people who care deeply about this issue will be able to attend.”
Historic England released a report on 29 April 2015 setting out the heritage value of the Carlton Tavern. They had been considering the building for listed status when it was demolished, and Historic England say it is “highly likely” it would have been recommended for listing.
Local people made an application at the end of last year to designate the Carlton Tavern an Asset of Community Value (ACV), which was granted by Westminster City Council on 2 February 2016.
A public inquiry is scheduled to take place on 17 May and follows Westminster City Council’s demand that the developers rebuild the Carlton Tavern brick by brick.
The inquiry was ordered by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and will last 8 days.