Background

110 Walm Lane development proposal – The Queensbury pub and former Conservative club

Primary application

Fairview Homes Ltd has applied to Brent Council for planning permission (Planning Application 12/2373) to demolish the existing Queensbury pub and former Conservative Club buildings and erect a residential development of between 2 and 10 storeys. The Queensbury is in the Mapesbury conversation area and a second Planning Application (12/2374) has been submitted because permission is required to demolish existing buildings in a conservation area, including The Queensbury and the vacant former Conservative club.

Fairview Homes owns the land after purchasing the Freehold from the Conservative Association earlier in 2012. The Queensbury currently leases the building from Fairview Homes and the lease is good for a number of years hence.

The proposed development comprises 56 flats (19 x 1 bed, 26 x 2 bed and 11 x 3 bed), 10 of which will be “affordable” (i.e. housing to meet the needs of people unable to afford market housing, often used as social rented housing. The plans include 23 parking spaces in the basement and pedestrian access from Walm Lane.

Planning permission is required for a change of use of the buildings and land. Fairview Homes is seeking planning permission from Brent Council to change the use of 110 Walm Lane to “residential” to enable it to build 56 flats. Without this planning permission the development cannot go ahead as proposed. The use of the land and buildings are currently classed as a drinking establishment and non residential space.

There are no plans to retain a pub or community space and all existing buildings will be demolished, if permission to demolish is granted.

Time frame

The developers carried out a consultation with some residents in the Mapesbury Conservation zone during May and June 2012. This resulted in 22 comments, but Fairview Homes has not stated what the comments received were. A Consultation Statement is one of 43 documents that form Fairview Homes’ application to Brent Council to demolish The Queensbury.

A statutory period of consultation that will allow for objections and comments from the wider community began on 18 October and runs until 8 November. After this time, at a meeting date yet to be confirmed, the Brent Council Planning Committee will decide whether to grant Fairview Homes permission to demolish the buildings and build residential accommodation in their place.

The Conservation Area

A further application (Planning Application 12/2374) has been submitted, for Conservation Area Consent for demolition of The Queensbury and Conservative Club, to enable redevelopment of the site. This property is in the Mapesbury Conservation Area (Article 4), which means that developers require specific permission from Brent Council if they want to demolish any buildings in this area.

Brent Council’s policy is that buildings in a conservation area cannot be demolished, partly demolished or in any substantial way altered unless they positively detract from the character or appearance of the Conservation Area.

Brent Council will ultimately have to decide whether this

Is more befitting of the conservation area than this