Let’s get The Queensbury listed

We’ve already got The Queensbury listed as an Asset of Community Value which is great, but this carries limited weight when it comes to planning decisions. Since our campaign began we have continued to ask Brent Council why 110 Walm Lane is not on their ‘local list’ of protected buildings, which get special consideration when plans are submitted for their demolition.

Following the unsuccessful appeal by Fairview Homes earlier this year (when it became clear to everybody just why the building should be included) we again asked for a formal review.

We can confirm that Brent council has finally started a process for people to nominate buildings that they believe should be given special consideration when plans for development are submitted. See last week’s Brent and Kilburn Times.

Your assistance is once again required.

Please spare 10 minutes to respond to the consultation on Brent’s website. The more people who ask, the better. The consultation will ask you about four things.

1. Authenticity: is the building authentic?

The Queensbury is authentic. The pub and the wider building has all of its original features retained, both internally and externally. It is an authentic example of a local building of note and therefore should be included.

2. Architectural significance: is there anything architecturally significant?

It’s not the Taj Mahal but 110 Walm Lane is unique to Willesden, as the largest example of a detached property on Walm Lane and in the Mapesbury conservation area. As one of the first buildings to appear when the Metropolitan railway was built, 110 Walm Lane is an excellent, surviving example of the “Arts and Craft” style that Mapesbury was based upon.

3. Historical significance: what was the building used for in the past?

110 Walm Lane has a significant history as a community facility, firstly as a doctor’s surgery, then as a social club and more recently as a venue for baby / toddler groups / public house which is recognised by Brent as an Asset of Community Value. The recent appeal decision (and Brent’s own evidence to it) confirms both its historic and recent importance. This is an historic building that has been used exclusively by the community since it was built in the 1890s and should be recognised as such.

4. Townscape significance: how does the building ‘fit in’ locally?

Built in the late 1890s, 110 Walm Lane was the first example of a large detached building in the Mapesbury conservation area. It epitomises the local character of the estate which is an attractive addition to Willesden Green and sits positively opposite the Grade II listed station. The significance of 110 Walm Lane and its position were both highlighted by the inspector during the recent appeal and Brent’s own evidence to the public inquiry also makes its contribution clear.

Other local buildings already recognised on the local list include Barclay’s bank, The Spotted Dog (oh the irony), the Royal Oak pub in Harlesden and some public toilets on Willesden Lane. We believe there’s room for The Queensbury on this list and the more people who say it, the more chance we have.

The consultation ends on 11th October. Please spare 10 minutes to respond.

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