CAMPAIGNERS spoke at a meeting which saved the Queensbury pub in Willesden.

Councillors at Brent Council's planning committee voted to against plans to build a 10-storey building in place of the pub in Walm Lane.

Six councillors voted against the plans for the tall building, two in favour and one abstained.

Read our preview of the meeting: Planners and protesters come face to face at the Queensbury

Ian Elliott, who spoke on behalf of the Save the Queensbury campaign, said: "It is a contravention to local, regional and national planning policies. I think the council should stick to its own policies and refuse this. I use the pub in the morning with my two children at the Busy Rascals, go there with the whole family in the afternoons and evening as well."

The main objections raised were the height of the building, which would not be in keeping with the rest of the area, the amount of community space which would  be provided, the lack of affordable housing in the scheme and the loss of a community asset, as the pub was listed as such by Brent Council.

Letters of objection to the scheme were received from councillor Roxanne Mashari, lead member for environment and neighbourhoods and Michael Pavey, lead member for children and families.

A petition of over 4,000 signatures against the development was submitted to Brent Council.

Conservative councillor for Brondesbury Park Carol Shaw said: "It is more than just a pub we would be losing, it is a whole community. I feel sorry for the parents and for Busy Rascals. The massive, unwanted, over sized tower block will be a reminder of what they have lost forever."

After the decision was made Assembly Member Navin Shah, who spoke at the meeting, said: "This is great news not only for campaigners, the Queensbury and residents but it is great news for anyone who cherishes public houses as they are great community assets and part of the fabric of Willesden Green."

 

Mr Elliott said afterwards: "I am delighted and thankful to the committee for listening to the residents' views in a considerate and thoughtful way.

"We have always had concerns over the size of the building which is why we pushed for the asset of community value listing.

"We are mindful now that Fairview will look at their options."
 

See our previous coverage of the fight to save The Queensbury pub:

Planners and protesters come face to face at the Queensbury  

Will the Queensbury pub get the chop?

Thousands oppose Willesden pub demolition