The Queensbury pub has once again been recognised as an Asset of Community Value. Hooray!
Brent Council has confirmed to accept the pub on their list for the second time. The Queensbury was the council’s first ACV, five years ago and it joins Kensal Rise library and a handful of others that are accepted as providing a significant role in their communities.
This is the first building to reapply for this status and it gives an extra layer of protection and should serve to warn prospective developers just how much The Queensbury is cherished locally.
Is ACV status important? Being on the list means that if the building is sold, the clock stops for six months to enable the community to bid to buy it (if the pub closes). More importantly for us, we will be pressing very hard to have the pub’s community status featuring prominently as a “material planning matter” when Brent and the government Inspector consider plans for The Queensbury later this year.
To recap, there are three plans submitted to demolish the pub. Brent council will decide on two, over the next few weeks. The third is scheduled for a marathon public inquiry in late August.
ACT NOW and make sure you mention the community asset status when you object to the planning applications via these links: