Last night Brent Council’s Planning Committee voted to save The Queensbury Pub from demolition.
Permission to build a 10 storey block was denied at a packed meeting on 12th March. Brent’s officers recommended approval but after excellent representations from local residents (and businesses) Councillors refused it. This signifies a tremendous victory and we are grateful to members of the committee for seeing our perspective, using their own polices and standing up to officers in saving the pub.
Fairview New Homes bought the site at 110 Walm Lane in February 2012 and had no plans other than to demolish The Queensbury, thus ending the community activity that takes place there. Fairview hatched a plan and spoke to few people about it.
We gathered and petitioned, got organised and made our voices heard. Children waved banners and we lobbied local politicians. Plans were withdrawn last year and new ones produced, which featured a cafe and community space. But still we fought and succeeded in getting the pub accepted for what it is: an Asset of Community Value. All that work has paid off and The Queensbury lives to fight another day.
What is next?
We await the full decision but have to be prepared for Fairview appealing to the Planning Inspectorate. That process is lengthy and will not happen any time soon. We really hope they’ll learn and return with a scheme that is more suitable to Willesden.
But for now, raise a glass and “God Save The Queensbury”